So when Christian Mingle asked me to fill out what I thought being a Christian means in my bio, I immediately thought of Christmas and filled that in.
Like this one that read, “I am a nice, smart, polite and honest human being with a good, kind heart.My friend Kelsey commented that it might be because religious Christians (at least the ones we knew) get married young, and there wasn’t anyone older.It turned out our stereotypes were wrong and that the problem was that my settings were on the 18- to 23-year-old filer.But even he has been on this site (and in the many different passions) for years and has had off and on very hit-or-miss interactions.Even when we first started talking, I treated him very poorly.As much as I had hoped to celebrate Christmas one day, a month to flirt behind a screen was a bit steep.I tried “smiling” at a bunch of men, hoping that if they forked over the money, they could talk to me. Then I smiled back whenever I received a smile, hoping that there was a loophole (like two smiles = a free introduction).The subject line “Don’t take a first date too seriously” seemed peculiar, given that the people in that picture look to be taking their date very seriously.Anyway, I wish I could have taken a first date not too seriously, but since I couldn’t do much beyond “smile” at anyone, I never scored. I want to preface that the feelings I have about JSwipe are not just because I’m Jewish.Christian Mingle had to approve my bio and photos before they went public. I thought choosing “Charismatic” would show how charming and fun I was, but Google informed me that it is in fact a kind of Christianity that “emphasizes the work of the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts and modern-day miracles as an everyday part of a believer’s life.” Whoops.The app chose my headline for me, which strangely announced that I was a “Single—never been married Woman.” That’s not how I usually introduce myself, but I guess my previous marital status was important to eligible Christians. At first I kept getting matched with men in their early 20s and was becoming frustrated by a lack of facial hair or bachelor’s degree.