Nevertheless, the numbers should be somewhat encouraging for the uncoupled, in that 55 percent of all Arlington adults are not married. “I’m happy enough with who I am, what I do and being active.
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He steers clear of online dating sites like Match.com, e Harmony and Ok Cupid.
“With online dates, they rarely turn out to be as good as they are on paper,” he explains.
We had a lovely conversation but I’ll never get those two hours back.” But not everyone takes a dim view of online dating sites.
Michelle*, 43, a busy mother of two elementary school-aged kids, describes these modern-day matchmaking platforms as “efficient.” “I like the fact that I can put the kids to bed and go shopping for people,” jokes the Arlington mom who, at the time of this interview, had met a promising man on Ok Cupid (she divorced a little over two years ago).
“I always felt like writing back, ‘I know your mother.’ ” Though many divorced people recognize their change in marital status as being for the better, singledom still brings its own set of challenges.
Searching for a soul mate—or even just someone to watch a movie with—seemed far less complicated when the Internet was in its nascent stages and “social media” was a term that had yet to enter the American lexicon.
She’s since dipped her toe into the dating pool, but is not impressed: “I had coffee with someone I met on and we were discussing health, fitness, etc.,” she says.
“He mentioned that he had recently given up caffeine, alcohol and sugar, among other things.
She has joined hiking and biking meetup groups (free or low-cost groups that are organized online and designed for people with similar interests to get together) and can often be found in the stands at Nationals games.