19 dimensions of compatibility

“People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late. I like to eat ice cream and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks. Years later, a doctor will tell me that I have an I.Q. of 48..”

— Brick Tamland, Anchorman.

As I said before, I will be starting to watch Sex and the City (which I have done and already loving it). I’m not here to blog about the show itself, but during one of the commercial breaks, an ad for ’eHarmony’ came up; which got me thinking..

Order shoes online. Check. Order fabulous dress online. Check. Order man of my dreams online. Er, no thanks

Here’s a show that has four women, living in New York, trying to find love. They go out day-to-day meeting people. Be it in coffee shops, bars or in front of fountains at Central Park; either way, these women are meeting people – in person. Now take a look at how technology affected how we communicate. We have cell phones, we have emails, and we have instant messages…the list goes on.

The question is, have we grown so dependent on these technologies to communicate, that we’ve lost our ability to socialize face-to-face?

Are we that afraid to meet someone out in the real world that we have to resort to sites like ‘eHarmony’? Being matched by a website that uses ’19 dimensions of compatibility’ seems pretty inhuman to me. Besides, isn’t dating supposed to be the one thing that determines whether or not we’re compatible with someone before jumping into a relationship?

This isn’t to put down all those people who have been able to meet their ‘other half’ on sites like these. I applaud all of those that are lucky enough to do so. My point is that it just goes to show you how much technology has become some kind of security blanket for many of us.

Yes, being a newly single girl, I have my own fears of putting myself out there once again. But hey, you win some and you lose some, right? We all know how Sex and the City ends, but it’s nice to see that although a relationship doesn’t work out, these four women don’t let that deter them from putting themselves out there and meeting someone new.


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