Love on the Internet – People are looking for life-long relationships in the most peculiar places. There’s the favorite haunt – the hotel. Here, the optimists imagine they’re going to meet a partner who never drinks or swears, apparently having accidentally stumbled into the hotel while seeking directions to the nearest church.

Then there’s the personal column in the newspaper where highly attractive, talented, and desirable people who have tired of the attention and adulation they get from people who know them, are seeking to bring sunshine into the lives of the people who don’t.

And, of course, the latest meeting place is the Internet. It seems that while unable to connect with the people who see them every day, internet enthusiasts are convinced they can connect with those they can’t.

Love on the Internet

Mind you, it’s a lot easier to impress when your revelation of character is by writing only. All those irritating habits like scratching intimate body parts, loudly honking while blowing your nose, counting out five dollars’ worth of coins at the grocery checkout, and fighting with the waiter over the doneness of your meal, are all yet to be discovered.

Marriage in this age of the Internet is a far cry from its original establishment. Once upon a time everyone knew his or her place in society and accepted it. The parlor-maid married the butler and the farmer married his neighbor’s daughter. The marriage not only united the two people but embraced a family and a way of life that was as well-known to them as their own.

There was no going on the “Oprah” or “Dr Dwyer” show crying, “I didn’t know he was a drunk! Honest to God! Before we were married not a sip passed his lips. Then on our wedding day, he took one drink, then another, then another, and six months later he’s still sipping.”

This sort of thing couldn’t happen in the past. You could go back to your intended’s great, great, great-grandfather. If there had been any proclivity to sipping, be it ever so slight, you’d know about it.

Did this make for a happier marriage?

Well, we all know whether we’re happy or not has very little to do without a partner. Even in those days gone by, you could still covet your neighbor’s wife or husband. You simply didn’t have the excuse that you didn’t know what you were getting when you married your own.

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