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Why You Should Take Your Chances When Online Dating

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I'd like a large pie with extra cheese, mushrooms, sausage, and broccoli. But make sure the cheese is covering the whole pizza because I don't like baldness, and actually, why don't you hold the sausage? I'd like someone who doesn't eat processed meat.

And while you're there, make sure those mushrooms are well-educated, like maybe with a master's or PhD, and as for the broccoli, can you make sure it's a certain height because I only want it if it's tall. Could I get that to go? Thanks.

Someone recently told me that online dating was like ordering a pizza. At first I laughed at that analogy, then I cringed, and then I realized that he was right. We are all looking for that on-paper perfect mate, and since online dating sites give so much choice in the matter, we think it's our right to have everything we're looking for.

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Now, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with wanting certain things — I did — but what if someone out there looks good but doesn't necessarily fit all of those objective criteria. What's a single to do? I'd venture to say — try 'em out anyway.

When we walk into a bar and see someone we like, that guy or girl doesn't have a chart attached to his or her forehead full of credentials, stats, and dislikes. (Wouldn't that be a pretty funny sight?!) We trust our instincts; we go with chemistry.

But online, we have so much information that it's almost too easy to discard someone simply because he is only 5'5 or she has a fondness for US Weekly rather than the latest issue of The Economist. (I'm not saying I know anyone like that . . .)

Finish reading the rest of the story on YourTango: Why You Should Take Your Chances When Online Dating

Written by Erika Ettin for YourTango.

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