Diatribe: Online Dating Only Works When You’re Honest.
The first online dating service, match.com, has been around since 1995. The pioneer of the online dating industry now serves twenty-four countries and territories and hosts website in fifteen different languages. They’ve also inspired many websites, apps and message boards where folks meet for more “casual encounters”. Many of these meetings are quite successful, leading to healthy loving relationships that result in marriage and family. Others result in casual love affairs that fulfill the needs of both parties involved. Success, of course, requires all parties involved to be completely honest about who they are.
One recent pairing, however, resulted in a situation that sounds like an episode from a sitcom.
A fifty-seven-year-old man in Muling City, China (Wang Pai) met a twenty-eight-year-old woman (Lili) on-line and hit it off. Each had used a fake photo and an alias so when they did eventually meet for sex they were shocked to discover that Wang was Lili’s father-in-law.
Meanwhile, Lili’s husband (Da Jun) had returned home and saw the emails on his wife’s computer that she had exchanged with her Romeo and followed her to the hotel in hopes of ruining the encounter.
“When I opened the door, she turned round and ran off down the hallway straight into her husband, my son, who had been following her. He started shouting and then he attacked her, and then he attacked me.”
The husband allegedly knocked out two of his wife’s teeth, gave his father a serious head injury that required a hospital visit, and was retained by police for five days.
Online dating isn’t for everyone … it only works when you’re honest.
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