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Christian Mingle had to approve my bio and photos before they went public. I thought choosing “Charismatic” would show how charming and fun I was, but Google informed me that it is in fact a kind of Christianity that “emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts and modern-day miracles as an everyday part of a believer’s life.” Whoops.The app chose my headline for me, which strangely announced that I was a “Single—never been married Woman.” That’s not how I usually introduce myself, but I guess my previous marital status was important to eligible Christians. At first I kept getting matched with men in their early 20s and was becoming frustrated by a lack of facial hair or bachelor’s degree.My friend Kelsey commented that it might be because religious Christians (at least the ones we knew) get married young, and there wasn’t anyone older.It turned out our stereotypes were wrong and that the problem was that my settings were on the 18- to 23-year-old filer.Anyway, the bios on the site weren’t very impressive, and some were even offensive.Like this one that read, “I am a nice, smart, polite and honest human being with a good, kind heart.I tested my two-sentence bio on friends to make sure I sounded adorable, approachable and culturally Jewish enough to be on the site. I got lots of matches on JSwipe (Bubby would be so proud!
But there were only five members online, including me and the lone active man with a creepy photo.
I did not meet the religious (or spiritual, or atheist) man of my dreams, but I did laugh — a lot.
And I scored one late-night invitation to come over to someone’s house in my pajamas, which I declined. It sucks to be one of the only kids in your elementary school not getting a visit from Santa, and it still sucks as an adult.
But even he has been on this site (and in the many different passions) for years and has had off and on very hit-or-miss interactions.
Even when we first started talking, I treated him very poorly.