My last date texted me 5 minutes prior to our agreed meeting time to inform me she would be 45 minutes late. But it’s rare to get a thank you; it’s mostly grab and stash, as if I might take it back.
I have considered taking it back after waiting 45 minutes for my date to show up, but so far I haven’t.
In general, more men than women use online dating—some 13% of men compared to 9% of women in the United States, according a Pew Research Centre study in 2013.
Men also use their dating accounts more, according to a 2010 study of online dating published in American Economic Review (pdf): Men view three times more profiles than women, and send three times as many first-contact emails.
Although you’re more apt to hear from single women – in blogs, on TV, on Facebook – complaining about how terrible it is to date in this city, I think it’s time that a single guy told the other side of the story.
I make sure I’m on time, why can’t they do the same?
On a typical date I’ll look at Google maps for the estimated drive time, under the heaviest traffic, then add a half hour. This lack of respect for other people’s time is rampant among single women in Los Angeles, it happens too often to be a fluke.
Linked In is a lot of things: a convenient place to upload your resume online, a weird portal for “thinkfluencers” to post inspirational screeds about leadership à la Forbes.com, a site that indulges the 2008 Facebook dream by telling you (albeit in very limited ways) who’s been checking out your profile.
But it is also, indisputably, the social network of choice among older men.