And the dating website have sent you a few emails enticing you back – time to give this one another go. After all, you’ve come to terms with the fact that the other person is probably as bored as you, and will thank you for giving them an excuse to leave.

It’s as if society as a whole decided to swallow its pride and set up a profile.

Of course, society doesn’t want to seem desperate, so its profile still contains disclaimers such as “I’m really skeptical about this” or “I’m just too busy to meet people.” But we already get everything else we want online — news, goods, degrees, jobs — so why not people?

I suppose it makes sense when you look at what direction our society has been moving in.

But you’re a sensible, street-wise, adult human being with common sense.

And sometimes the reject-ee will get mad, whether you’ve met them or not.

The wrath We said everyone gets rejection, and sometimes that rejection will come from you.

This stage normally starts after enough bad dates that it’s actually becoming a waste of time.

So you’ve got to the point in life where online dating is an option. You used to think online dating was for weirdos but everyone’s doing it! If they’re a terrible person, there’s only one thing to do – fall into a hole in the ground. Rejection Yes, all your friends say you’re good looking, intelligent and funny.

If you’re single, then you’ve probably had the ‘Hey, you should give online dating a go – my best friends met online and now they’re MARRIED! Surely this is just part of being an emotionally-mature, rational grown-up? Depending on which site you’re on (and if you’re on anything with ‘adult’ in the URL, then you’ve only got yourself to blame) you might have a few people who think it’s ok to send you nude photos. The last person who dumped you said they thought you were ‘great’. But you can’t win them all, and some of your messages might go unanswered, no matter how long you spent writing them.

We can all live our own version of Sex and the City! Profile attempt #1 You will write at least one of the following on your profile: ‘I’m new to this, so here goes…’; ‘I like cuddling up on the sofa and watching a DVD’; ‘My friends say I’m…’ or ‘My friends and family are important to me.’ Then you’ll delete those and stick with: ‘Will fill this bit in later…’ before skipping to ‘Upload your photos’. We can only guess they’re hoping that you’re as creepy as them. Now to write back (with something witty, clever but nonchalant, obvs) and secure number four… The first date So you’ve actually done what you set out to do – you’re going on a real-life date!

Sure, there’s a slight chance you’ll meet a crazy person. If you are, then you’ve won – if not, then we’d like to draw your attention to the ‘block’ button. A message from someone you actually like (otherwise known as: false hope) Among the ‘Welcome to your account’ messages from the website (and the aforementioned naked photos) there will eventually be an email from someone who floats your boat/rocks your socks/flips your pancake.