Anyone who logs into the site can usually read your entire profile, and anyone who grabs a screenshot will have it forever. Because believe me, they are there creeping around on online dating site.

There is a very specific, strategic, seven-word question that the world seems to have agreed is the politically correct way to approach the topic.

It is always said in the most casual tone anyone can muster.

It took me awhile to admit that to myself and to other people, mostly because I thought it would be great if it could “work”.

But I’m now totally ok with that fact that it’s not for me.

As though….alright alright, snarkyness=squelched.) No, I always respond politely when people ask about online dating because I know that the question is well-intended. And I even have a few friends who married their “matches”…and I think should totally become those cute couples on the commercials. I EHarmony-ed twice right out of college after moving to a new city, I hopped on and off Match a few times over the years, and I have kept an eye on (but never signed up for) all of the zillion other online dating sites that have popped up since.

And I agree that it’s a reasonable question, since online dating is quite the modern marvel of the last decade. There were at least a handful of decent dates come out of my time on those sites.

But most dating sites don’t let you off the hook with just your age, occupation, alma mater, and hometown.

Oh no, profiles or “personal inventories” can take hours to fill out and write.

And it usually comes up instantly after telling someone you are single.