It is merely set data that the person is presenting in the hopes that others will be attracted to him or her.If you limit your understanding of that person to what you read about them or a few messages you pass back and forth you will have very set expectations as to who they are when you do actually meet.Like us, Sid is not yet a buddha, he's just someone struggling to maintain an open heart on a spiritual path while facing numerous distractions along the way. So let's take on the first question, from Justin: With so many people out there looking to meet other singles, it's no surprise that online dating has become a big trend.Why actually go out and risk face-to-face awkward encounters with strangers when you can browse the internet and discreetly check people out without their ever knowing?Just make sure that when you open up your membership you remember to keep an open mind.Dating is a stage of romantic relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in an intimate relationship or marriage.I believe Sid would give two thumbs up to dating websites so long as you are realistic about what you're getting yourself into.
Each week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha was on his spiritual journey today. Every other week I'll take on a new question and give some advice based on what I think Sid, a fictional Siddartha, would do.
I haven't looked at many online dating statistics but would gladly bet money that couples who get together on these sites look eerily like old photos of both party's previous relationships.
In fact, I once went out to dinner with an ex and her new boyfriend that she met on match.com, and when placed across the table from one another, they new guy and I looked exactly the same with our fuzzy blondish hair, glasses, and matching turtleneck sweaters.
Even though I said all of the above, I don't think Sid would denigrate online dating.
In fact, I think he would say it's a perfectly valid way to meet people.