Ten years ago, I was single and newly living in Chicago. I had a few friends and somewhat of a social life, but was always looking for ways to meet more people and do more interesting things. Enter the brand-new world of social media. But this was when Web 2.0 was in its infancy—long before Twitter. MySpace and LinkedIn were still a couple years away. And Facebook wasn’t even a remote thought in Mr. Zuckerberg’s brilliant mind.
That left only the online dating sites. Weighing the stigma attached to using an online dating site and the “social complexity” of this new way to mingle against the ennui I often found consuming, I opted for the former. Although it was intimidating on many levels, a husband, a kid and a house in the ’burbs later, I’m glad I entered the uncharted waters and am thankful to live in a time when this type of technology is available to us.