from Brooklyn, NY for suggesting this week’s topic: Online dating, once a fringe and stigmatized activity, is now over a billion industry.Over 40 million Americans have given online dating a try, and over a of the American couples married between 20 met online.The fact is that there are age cut-off points that most online daters tend to search by.The benchmarks generally happen in 5s and there are two big cut-offs at 40 and 50.Not so much even that I was single, but that I and what that implied. There are plenty of things I simply do not give a single solitary fuck about when it comes to what women my age are supposed to be doing. Just as there are movies on Netflix you might never stumble across in your bleary-eyed scrolling, there are plenty of people you might never see through some whim of programming code.Moreover, there's the human factor; it's much easier to reject someone arbitrarily than it is to make an exception.The first prominent online dating site was Match.com, which launched in 1995.
Still, the day after I turned 40, I decided to fire up an old profile and see what happened.Those exceptions take effort, and online dating is like Amazon Prime for sex.(And love, ideally.) If it weren't for the algorithms, I could meet all of these people IRL and they wouldn't know I was 40 unless I showed them my birth certificate — ah, the very idea made me irate.I tell you the truth not to discourage you but to empower you.Because men might not be finding you if you are over 40, I strongly suggest that you conduct your own searches and send messages to men that you would like to meet.The website's findings indicate that nearly half of the 9,000 singles polled (48 percent) consider grammar to be a deal breaker in online dating. It's true that the stats vary between genders: 60 percent of men wouldn’t let grammar get in the way of pursuing a date, but 65 percent of women would.