Imagine the surprise! I can't even fathom marrying someone I'd never met. I wonder if women cheated back then like they do now on the computer dating sites. Of course men do it, too. I'm talking about posting a photo taken years and pounds ago.
See, times haven't changed quite as much as we believe. Instead of wagon trains west, now technology has provided us with different methods of mating. Prior to the computer, mail order magazines, showing mainly women from undeveloped countries looking for a better life were a much-used option. Now, a large number of "dating" sites have cropped up on the Internet. Some claim to match you with your soul mate and screen the membership, while others are clearly more interested in garnering membership fees and could care less about anything else. I know of what I speak.
I wrote a book based on my sister's experience with a computer dating site. Like some women in the old west who were single, divorced or widowed, she turned to a new and promising way to help find that certain someone. What happened wasn't pleasant, and I offered Embezzled Love as a warning. Here's the blurb and an excerpt:
They advertise on television—“find your true love; we’ll match you with the person of your dreams.” Their irritating spam clogs your computer inbox—"free tonight? Let’s chat.” You can turn the channel or hit the ‘trash’ button, but the promises still linger in your mind. Is it any wonder divorced and lonely, Cassie Fremont, signed up for an on-line dating service? What later shocked her was cost of the ticket for a ride on the roller coaster from hell.
If you'd like to read more, visit Wikipedia. It has some interesting facts and figures.