Recently though, I started to think about how hard relationships can be for service members and veterans.
Still, I held out hope, and then I tried my luck in Norfolk, Virginia, while visiting my parents over Labor Day weekend.
Being the site of the world’s largest Navy base, I thought sheer numbers might result in an actual encounter.
The exceptions are barely in their 20s and typically looking to interact on a free mobile messenger app called “Overall, my experiences with the sites were varied, with one emerging as a clear winner.
I attempted to reach out to the sites as well to see if they could offer insight into success stories or the number of users, but their representatives said they couldn’t disclose any data about their users. Since I find the notion of paying for online dates a little too similar to paying for sex, I gave up on the site.
All in all, I probably spoke to about 25 different people.
I realized how lonely they must be, and that this attempt to connect with people online was somewhat of a last resort for a lot of them …
My plan was foiled, however, when Hurricane Hermine struck the coast and left me stuck at home with my family, where we all got drunk and played a full game of Monopoly. When I returned to New York, I realized that I wasn’t going to get anyone to meet up face-to-face on any of these sites.
So instead, I began questioning all the people I was messaging about why they had turned to online dating.
In addition, it wouldn’t let me set my preference to men, so despite being straight, I kept getting notifications about women I might be interested in as well.