But then one cold night in November, I met a Match date in a bar in Greenwich Village.
I had a date for the next Saturday night for seven years.
Now that I am "single again," I wondered what was new in online dating in 2015.
Dating sites are now steering you toward people who have similar tastes in movies, music, religion and education, " Bartz said.
"And people are spending more time on their phones and the dating sites know this.
As a result, they have created apps that are extensions of their internet presence or are solely available on phones."[pullquote align="right"]"People present themselves in the best light online.
No one is going to respond to someone who says they are a couch potato and likes to stay home."[/pullquote]Match.com, e Harmony, Lavalife and Zoosk all have mobile dating apps for your Smartphone. Its users, 80% who are between ages of 18 and 34, make 1.5 billion swipes of photographs resulting in 20 million matches a day, according to Tinder vice president Rosette Pambakian.
"We even matched two people in Antarctica."Unlike traditional dating sites, Tinder does not have profiles that tell you what a person likes to do, wants in a mate or information on height, weight, religion, children or political preferences.
(There is a small "about" section on Tinder which is optional.
Most are blank.) On Tinder if you like a person's photograph you swipe right, if not, you swipe left.
When my marriage ended 11 years ago, I went online. They loved to ski, surf, go to the theater, travel to exotic places, go for walks on the beach, run marathons and read. "People present themselves in the best light online," he said.
So I signed up for Match.com, which has more than 21.5 million subscribers. One woman wrote me, "Unlike Popeye, I am NOT what I am but if nothing else I am kind and compassionate and to top it off I am interesting and exciting." None of the women on Match were boring. Philip Muskin, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, is not surprised.