Some were intent on finding another lifemate in short order, while others seemed more interested in sampling different personalities and lifestyles.
Internet dating puts all options on the table, and a growing number of sites cater to the more mature singles crowd.
This explains why several ladies in northern Wisconsin sent inquiries despite my stated intent to remain within metro Chicago for dating.
Since pictures are so important to your online profile, here are a few tips: Skip the bathroom selfies.
My own encounters revolved around OK Cupid and Plenty of Fish, both of which are free dating sites.
Here’s what I learned: If you’re looking for someone of similar interests and lifestyle, the more specific you can be upfront, the better. What was the last good book your read, or film you saw?
Trust me, no one wants to see your personal care items or shower curtain.
Move to another room (or go outside) and have someone else take your picture.
A common gripe shared by many women I met concerned the fellow who arrived at the meetup bearing little resemblance to the guy in the profile.
This applies to women in particular, but not exclusively.
According to the FBI, dating websites are often popular targets for scams perpetrated by offshore criminal networks.
Fortunately, most dating sites today are pretty well regulated, and the option usually exists to report inappropriate postings.
And guys, before sending a message with even a hint of sexual innuendo, think about what your mother would say, then remember that many of these women are mothers, and even grandmothers, for that matter.