This trope was particularly prevalent in The '90s when the Internet first started creeping into everyday life, but few people online had pictures of themselves because digital cameras were an expensive luxury item and not yet standard feature on cell phones, and not everyone had access to a scanner for paper photos.Half the scenarios listed above depend on the person not having a clear photo of their face; nowadays, that's a blatant sign that the person is hiding something, but back then it was the norm.But along the way, especially at the beginning, I certainly encountered my share of sometimes hilarious and sometimes downright nightmarish situations.Here are the four most memorable ones 1) Not What The Doctor Prescribed Very shortly after my divorce in 1992, I received a “spam” message in my inbox that I actually responded to. Don’t accept a date when the phone conversation doesn’t feel right.However, he didn’t take the time to listen on the phone. In this case, the couple had great “instant message” chemistry and emailed and text messaged each other frequently. They were talking to a computer with a photo, that’s all. Always meet your date in a public place and don’t drive together. The gentleman suggested picking up his date at her home to drive 45 minutes to one of his favorite restaurants. However, the more organized you are, the more successful your date will be. My date tried to impress me by arguing with the cops.
Sure, I met lots of great women and had a blast for several yearsâ€¦culminating in meeting Emily on The next thing you know, I had ponied up however much they charged and began looking through the pictures of women they had listed. Remember, this was Day One for me in the online dating world. The fact that I shouldn’t have been paying for dinners here has long since been duly noted and is sort of beside the point, so please overlook that for now and read on.To be honest, this was not exactly the most well-traveled site on the â€˜net. So inevitably, I found exactly one woman who seemed interesting to meâ€“a brown-eyed blondie with a friendly smile. Midway through dinner, she starts talking about her medical problems.If you're using an international dating or marriage agency, then expect an even bigger minefield, sometimes with an aesop about how we should stick to our own kind.If you meet a love interest over the internet by chance rather than through a dating agency, the results will be similar, esspecially if the producers want to drop the New Media Are Evil anvil.