Well, cherubs, I have not attempted Internet Dating since 2008, so I imagine I am completely out of touch. Naturally, having recently written about it, I am acquainted with the concept of the "Tinder App" and how it must be putting a serious dent in the world's oldest profession. Why rent the hooker when you can bed one for free? What these women think they are doing, or why they think they should be doing it, or how they can derive much satisfaction from it, is simply beyond me.
However, never mind them. I am curious about Single Catholics' chaste attempts to make friends and find love online. (Naturally I hope you are spending as much time attempting to make friends as to find love because one normally leads to the other.)
How is it going? I know I grump about dating websites exploiting lonely Catholics ("Alone this Easter/Christmas/Assumption Day? You don't have to be!"), but nobody knows better than I how the internet has opened up new opportunities to make friends and find potential spouses. Personally, my favourite method is to write a daily blog and take an interest in my readers. You girls are always welcome to inform me when you will be in town and suggest a cup of coffee. Meeting female readers is always great fun. Men readers provide more of a social challenge, so maybe you should just turn up to After-Mass Tea at the local Extraordinary Form. One came by yesterday; I was astonished to discover that he had quoted me in some seminary assignment. This knowledge made my day. What must the footnote have looked like?!
Anyway, I have guests coming over, so I must fly about baking a cake and tidying the Historical Attic Flat, so you chime in with your reflections and advice about using Catholic dating websites and other internet media to win friends and impress potential spouses.
As you may remember, my principal advice has always been: MEET SOON. MEET IN A PUBLIC PLACE. I could also add "Google-stalk the so-and-so until you have exhausted every link," for that is certainly what I would do. Be in no doubt of that!