conducting a job search, online dating is an exercise in patience, compatibility, and, sometimes, rejection.It’s not romantic, but to a certain degree, the search for a suitable partner is not unlike the job hunt.You use the internet to varying degrees of success, clicking and writing emails and then clicking some more, and sometimes, if the cards are in your favor and the stars align, you end up meeting a stranger in a public setting and make awkward small talk while wearing shoes that pinch your toes and more makeup than you would for a Tuesday.

You follow up, you wait, things usually don’t pan out.

When you do find success, you realize that it came the way most things in life happen — organically, through people you know.

Matched with destiny, your future trips happily towards the light.

This is the best case scenario, a situation that everybody assures you will happen, regardless of how dire it all looks.

“We met on Tinder, and now we’re in a happy relationship!

” a friend exclaims as they stroke the shoulder of their beloved.“I have so many dates on OK Cupid that I hardly know what to do with myself,” says another friend, tugging on a strand of hair as she scrolls through her inbox.“If you just put yourself out there, you’ll find somebody.You’ll be the ones turning them away,” yet another friend assures you, with great seriousness.“They’re all waiting for you to show up.” Emboldened by these testimonials, maybe you find someone, or something, that just works for you. He is intelligent, and asks all the right questions about your career.A first date that you were dreading exceeds your expectations. He does not balk when you adamantly insist on paying your share of the bill.