Answers I’ll Accept: True Accounts of Online Datingis a book of personal essays about online dating edited by published author Kelly Ann Jacobson. Including both the strange and the beautiful–a Halloween warehouse party, a German soul mate, a date who does cocaine, a drunken offering to Yemanja, and of course, a lot of weddings–Answers I’ll Accept has a story for everyone.
Authors: Brandi Dawn Henderson, Diana Smith Bolton, Melanie Lynn Griffin, Ellen Appleby, Gabrielle Lee, Faye Rivkin, Jessica Barksdale, Frances Carden, Melani Robinson, Jean Kim, Samantha Solomon, Jason Shand, Margot Bigg, Jason S., and Erin P.T. Canning
Praise for Answers I’ll Accept
“In an anthology featuring 17 men and women writing about their online dating experiences, it would be simple to fall into a space where gushing and bashing replaces introspection and emotions. Yet, Answers I’ll Accept never takes shortcuts when exploring the world of internet love. The writing is as complicated as the stories being told, with plots and story structures as quirky and unique as the feelings being expressed. The anthology is an unexpected surprise—kind of like finding the love of your life on a computer screen.” – Ayren Jackson-Cannady, freelance lifestyle writer and editor
“Although Jacobson was inspired to write about online dating because of her success story in that arena, Answers I’ll Accept is hardly an eHarmony ad. The voices of the collection are diverse and honest, recounting experiences from Match, OKCupid, Craigslist, eHarmony, JDate, AOL chatrooms, emails and listservs–and sometimes, all of the above. These dispatches from the front lines of online dating are gritty and good-humored, with both heartbreak and happy endings only a few clicks away.” – Melody Wilson, Melody & Words
“I met my husband after many rounds of dutiful Internet dating, and I certainly picked up a few stories in the process. This collection brings together some outstanding (and sometimes harrowing) tales by a diverse group of writers. Those who have traveled the land of Internet dating will find themselves in these pages, and those contemplating a visit should consider Answers I’ll Accept required reading for the trip.” – Lynsey MacMillan, Internet dating advocate
Reviews for Answers I’ll Accept
“‘Answers I’ll Accept’ Edited by Kelly Ann Jacobson” on Melody & Words
Online dating has been a revolution ever since it started, but like every coin has another side to it. Online dating poses some serious side effects, which if not taken care of shall result in disasters. You need to understand on how online dating can affect your life, habits, routine and time management. Before getting into details, a word of caution to all those passionate online daters: be careful and understand that prevention is better than cure!
For first timers, it's an amazing, new and unseen experience which immediately attracts their attention. But you might end up having a bad company, someone who might mislead you, someone who might exploit you and what not? First of all, extensive online dating can turn into an addiction that kills your precious time.
People who tend to get involved in such relationship tend to forget everything else and sit in front of the computer almost throughout the day; such activities not only affect their other work but their health as well. They tend to stay online for long periods, skipping meals and sleep and avoiding their responsibilities.
These individuals also drift away from family and friends and start experiencing drastic mood swings. The worst is when they have a problem with the computer or cannot login to the website, they become highly frustrated and keep on grumbling.
More cons of online dating are:
- Risk of meeting a dishonest person who created a profile with a dating site only for scamming other member, telling them he/she is in need of help and would appreciate if they could cooperate with money.
- Paying your membership fee and then realizing the website has not enough members, so it will be very difficult to find someone.
But not everything is bad, online dating provides many benefits too. The Internet provides a wider selection of men and women. With the various profiles shared online, you can gain access to means of narrowing down your search to suit your needs. You will be able to get to know your dream date even before you have met them. Several websites offer online dating services you can take advantage of. This is one way of increasing your chances of meeting your dream date. Staying true to the romantic art of exchanging notes and letters, online dating has taken the next modern step of expressing yourself through the Internet. This adds a mystery into the relationship which is why some people would like to have an online dating relationship before they take the next step of arranging to meet personally.
Internet has been a great revolution and probably the very reason for the arrival of the information age, but you need to be careful while using it because addiction to anything is never good. And when it comes to online dating, it is great if you find a genuine person but do not waste your time if you feel it is not for you as there are many more options to find a partner.