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The Real Shark's Tank: The Truth About Online Dating for Women Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B0189TSL0E
- Publisher : Thought Catalog Books (November 19, 2015)
- Publication date : November 19, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2146 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 204 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,573,930 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is a great read for every woman -- whether she has delved into the online dating world or not!! Cleverly written and hilarious expose of the male species as its flaws are magnified by the online dating experience, it is also packed with insightful research into the false deceptions created by the highly profitable online dating industry. After reading this book I cannot stomach another statistic proffered by the "Today" show and other "news" media on relationship advice gleaned from Match.com. Journalists, I challenge you to read LV's book and comment!! The book is also heartfelt and hopeful -- both in demonstrating the strength to be found through fellow female friendship and, despite a wrath of hideous online dating experiences, the author's faith in the possibility of heterosexual companionship and love.
I realise that I am sounding like a family member or some such with this strong review, but I am really not!
p. 13 Anorexia is a mental illness, not a body state. Few men prefer 'anorexic' women. Perhaps the author is just being colorful, but this is a poor choice of words.
p. 15 The author complains that it is impossible to get a 'real feel' about a person from an online profile. This is true, but most online dating websites are intended to merely facilitate making an initial connection, not function as a one-stop shopping place for instantaneous true love.
p. 25 The author admits to falsifying her online profile regarding her participation in athletics and volunteering in order to increase her profile's response rate. Ouch. It is a tad disingenuous to complain that her online dates didn't develop into full-blown relationships when she's willing to engage in deception to obtain those dates.
p. 44 The author seems to be a bit confused regarding the nature of the decision-making strategy called 'satisficing'. Being a satisficer is not the same as having few critieria for making a decision, it just means that once an option is found that satisfies all criteria, the analysis of options ends. If the author had been more selective regarding the men she was willing to meet, she may have found the online dating process less time-consuming (p. 18).
p. 55 The author claims that it is 'amazing information' that relationships that originate online are less iikely to progress to marriage and more likely to end if they do. On the contrary, it would be amazing if this were not the case. Why? Because people who meet offline already have at least one shared interest that 'naturally' brings them together, while people who meet online have to start from scratch to see if there is anything that brings them together (given the inaccuracy of much of the information in online profiles, these folks are indeed starting from scratch).
General: there are a couple of typos (p. 39 - 'os' should be 'is'; p. 66 - 'callus' should be 'callous'). Since the book was published via POD, these typos will probably be corrected quickly.
General: this book implicitly raises an interesting question: are the men and women who submit profiles to online dating sites a representative sample of the general population of eligible people, or is this sample skewed in some important way relative to the general population?
General: the book omits a critical piece of information: how often was the author the rejector (declining to continue a relationship that originated online), and how often was the author the rejectee? This information would help us understand the author's emphatic claim that 'It's not you, it's online dating!' (p. 152) If the author rejected 100% of the men she met online, then the question whether there is 'something wrong' with the author would never even come up. On the other hand, if the author was rejected 100% of the time, then this could provoke some serious self-reflection.
General: the author has a rather odd and troubling fixation on alcohol consumption in this book.
Summary: I found the author's caustic writing style amusing. My suggestion is that the author go back to using her 'cute intellectual' photo on her online dating profile (replacing her 'drunk seductress' photo - p.7), and strive for quality over quantity in her selection of online-originated dates.