Online Dating Woes: The Struggle of Getting Matches in Today's Digital Age

Mason Riverwind

Updated Friday, July 5, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

Navigating the world of online dating has never been more challenging, as evidenced by a recent viral image from Reddit. This image, featuring a black background with the word "Likes" prominently displayed in bold white letters, has sparked a significant conversation about the difficulties many face in the digital dating scene. Beneath "Likes," three tabs are visible: "Likes You (-5)," "Intros," and "You Like." The "Likes You (-5)" tab, highlighted with a pink underline, shows a daunting -5 count, indicating the user’s negative reception.

The image has resonated with many, prompting various users to share their personal experiences and frustrations. One user commented, "You have to get 5 matches before you can even start, damn. Took me years to get 5 matches, and that was just bots." This sentiment is echoed by another user who shared, "I'm in my forties, and if something happens to my husband, I'm just done because online dating looks exhausting on so many levels."

The plight of older individuals in online dating is also highlighted by a comment about a recently divorced aunt in her sixties who keeps getting catfished by scammers. This user lamented, "She’s done it so many times that anyone who had her as a beneficiary or will recipient has basically written her off or out of anything and is instead giving it to her adult children."

Despite the challenges, some users find solace and humor in the shared struggle. One user humorously recalled, "When Tinder was getting huge about 7-8 years ago I wrote a program that automatically swiped right on every female active within 6 months, within 10 miles of my location. It pinged 30,000 women. Of the 30k sent, only one replied. One. I met that one, and now have a kid together and have been together since. I guess my point is: it only takes one. GL."

The image also triggered a wave of supportive comments. One user expressed gratitude, saying, "Bless you, kind OP. I really needed this to feel better about myself after months of s***show online dating." Another user offered practical advice, suggesting, "If you’re a male, swipe right on everyone. Converse with who you match with. Continue on with the ones that have chemistry. Don’t overthink it with people you haven’t even matched with."

Some users even shared tips on how to improve one's chances, with one humorously asking, "Have you tried a photo of you with a baby tiger?" Meanwhile, others reminisced about different approaches, like joining activity groups to meet more genuine people compared to online dating.

This viral image and the ensuing conversation highlight the evolving challenges of online dating. Whether it's dealing with negative matches, bots, or scammers, the journey to finding a meaningful connection in the digital age is fraught with obstacles. Yet, amidst the struggles, there remains a glimmer of hope and camaraderie among those sharing their experiences.

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Top Comments from Reddit

giskardwasright

I'm in my forties, and if something happens to my husband, I'm just done because online dating looks exhausting on so many levels.

HalfSoul30

You have to get 5 matches before you can even start, damn. Took me years to get 5 matches, and that was just bots.

MotorboatJ

eMotIonAl dAmaGe

iwoketoanightmare

My recently devorced aunt who's roughly 60, keeps getting cat fished by scammers and willingly gives away large sums of money to "men" she's never even seen before because they give a great story. She's done it so many times that anyone who had her as a beneficiary or will recipient has basically written her off or out of anything and is instead giving it to her adult children. Loneliness is a b****.

who_am_i_to_say_so

When Tinder was getting huge about 7-8 years ago I wrote a program that automatically swiped right on every female active within 6 months, within 10 miles of my location. It pinged 30,000 women. Of the 30k sent, only one replied. One. I met that one, and now have a kid together and have been together since. I guess my point is: it only takes one. GL.

Confident_Group_8905

Have you tried a photo of you with a baby tiger?

charliespannaway

Bless you, kind OP. I really needed this to feel better about myself after months of s***show online dating.

Slodin

HEY! why do you hack into my dating app and post pictures of it!

TastyRange858

What app?

LazyOldCat

-5? This****s too close to home.

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