The Internet has always seemed like a completely separate world, very different from reality. There seemed to be so many endless possibilities. One is the new online dating craze, which has caught my attention a number of times. One rainy afternoon, curled up in a blanket at my computer chair, I decided to investigate it. I learned that as many of the baby-boomers start to become widowed or divorced, many are looking for mates, along with many others who are looking for companionship. With the new Internet-Age, many of these individuals turn to their computer to find someone. Online relationships are a growing phenomenon in the United States as well as internationally. After doing some research I could not develop an opinion on how I felt about this new trend. I found a group of specialists who had devoted some researching to it and I invited them over for dinner to find what their opinions were and why.
I wanted only the best, the most opinionated, and the most interested in the topic to come and join me for dinner. I wanted to ignite a conversation that would involve many different views about the subject. I decided on three people to invite to my feast. First, I chose Robin Eisner, who works for ABC, and has studied the effects of spending time on the Internet. Next, I chose Laura Koss-Feder, who had interviewed several online couples and understands some of the positive and negative attributes of online dating. I also invited Erica D. Rowell for her knowledge and the studies she has done on online dating.
About a week before they all came to dinner, I began to plan what I would make. After having talked to each of them several times on the telephone, I could tell they may desire different things to please their tastes. Erica, working for ABC, seemed like the yuppie, city type. I could tell only the best would please her. Robin, who also works for ABC and is friends with Erica, would also expect the finest. Laura, I could tell was a good writer, serious about her work. She seemed easy to please, anything would work for her. Not knowing if any of these women might be vegetarian, I decided fish was the ideal main course. I would accompany the main course with a salad, a steamed vegetable, and some rolls. Key lime pie would be served for dessert.
I felt the hardest part was over now that I had decided what to make. Everybody would arrive at six o’clock on Saturday evening. We would start with some appetizers. Hopefully this would relax everybody and we could get to know each other a little before we started discussing the issue at hand, online dating. I personally find it much easier to debate with someone who I know a little bit about. I hoped they would feel the same way. That way I could predict some of their actions and what their opinions might be. We would begin eating dinner at approximately 6:45. At this point, we could begin our discussion. After dinner, we...