I still believe in going out and actually dating but I also realize that the bar scene and sadly even your local parish doesn't always offer alot a dating options. And even if you get out every weekend like I used to the quality isn't always there. While I agree with you that there are some people who are focused on figuring things out and starting a career, I also think there are plenty of people who like myself are established and want something more serious. I have my profile because 1) I work my butt off and don't always have time to date not to mention my career has me bouncing all over from place to place. 2) I am all for using technology to my advantage, 3) I have seen the online dating world work for people. Not all of us are computer geeks or super shy introverts (not that there is anything wrong with that) some of us are simply trying to keep their options open and broaden their horizons.
And in reply to Christina who thinks men are demanding too much:
I think that some of us know what we want in life. Not all of us but me personally I know exactly who I am and what is required to make me happy. Now as with a real relationship, compromises can be made but why is it a crime for me to be picky. For example and I am not afraid to say this: I see alot of obese and unhealthy women dating online. I am sorry but for me; thats an instant deal killer because of my lifesyle. I am in the military and am constantly on the go. I have to be with someone who takes care of their body and can physically keep up with me. That being said I know alot of women who think that am a bad guy because I don't date obese women. I don't care how genuine or sweet a woman is, if I am not physically attracted to you then I am not gonna pursue any further. I know what I want I am not the kind of guy who is gonna settle with second best; and I also don't believe any of you should either.
I think it's OK for people to be picky if that pickiness comes from what they know will and will not work for them and their lives. I'm sure it can be frustrating to think you're not being given a fair shake, but you only need *one* that thinks you're a great catch.