Adventures of Online Dating from a (Woefully) Inexperienced Post-Grad

The title pretty much sums up what I’m about to undertake. But first, some context.

You can call me Nina. I graduated from college about 9 months ago. I’m originally from the east coast but I’m now living in Los Angeles, trying to figure out what to do with my life. Sounds pretty average enough.

I never dated in college. Actually, I’ve never dated, period. Not to say that I have zero experience with boys. I’ve just never been wined and dined or ever really gone on a serious date. There’s “hanging out” and then there’s dating. What’s dating? I have no earthly idea. I have a pretty good idea of why I’ve never dated, but I won’t go into that on this post. I’m sure once you read how I write, you’ll probably be able to guess why too. Let’s not get too depressing from the get-go, right?

Enough of the context — let’s get to the now.

I currently have a tab open in Chrome (I’m one of those people who have 23809 tabs open in one window of Chrome– it drives some of my friends nuts) to a particular website that you all are probably familiar with. It goes by the name OkCupid. Unfamiliar? On their website, they boast to be the “fastest-growing online dating site.” And how do they do it? They use “math” to get us dates. I’m not sure what exactly this means. To tell you the truth, I haven’t even clicked past the first page. I started to sign up and then I decided maybe I shouldn’t go on until I document this. I graduated with a degree in both English Literature and Communications; there’s no way I can leave this adventure undocumented.

Anyway, the website boasts to be “extremely accurate as long as (a) you’re honest” — okay, I can be honest — “and (b) you know what you want.” Uh oh. Do I know what I want? I think I know what I don’t want — does that count? Should I still keep going?

Well… can’t stop now. Or I could… but then that would defeat the purpose of writing the past 300 words.

I must soldier on. Take a deep breath. Let’s do this.

I filled in all the information required for registration but now I’m stuck at picking a username. I’m sure I’m not the only person to stress about picking a username. (Am I? Please tell me if I am.) Especially since that username is the one that’ll be shown to the public. How do people pick usernames? My most recent ones have all been variations of my name. But I don’t want my username to link back to anything else. I still want a semblance of mystery, even if there is a lot of information about me online.

Finally decided on a username. And now they want me to write an “About Me”? Oh god. I’m never going to finish making my profile, am I? “How would your best friend describe you?” That’s a good question. Time to call for back-up.

No answer — best friends are on the east coast and I’m pretty sure they’re all dead asleep, as they should be. And as I should be. Why do I always do these things at 4 in the morning?

Finished the About Me page. It asked me a few questions. Okay, no sweat. I can answer yes/no questions. And now I’m being asked to pick my type. This is hard too. I don’t have a type. I always take personality and looks together.

I sped through the rest of my profile. I find it hard to open up to friends let alone a dating website. Alright. I’m too anxious with my decisions already. I think I’ll start doing matches tomorrow.

Oh god what have I done?

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2 comments on “Adventures of Online Dating from a (Woefully) Inexperienced Post-Grad

  1. Ha ha. I really like your posts. Ahhh to be young again. You’ll get the hang of it. No sweat. Just ease into it like anything else. College graduate remember? You got this. I look forward to hearing some of your adventures!

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