Singles are realizing that due to the influence of Mirage Man Syndrome, computer dating is not delivering dates and mates as it once promised. But have no fear, there is an emerging industry of professionals who will pretend to be our friends—for a fee—to set us up with dates. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204319004577084272502581852.html
Why did computer dating fail to deliver after so much promise? Susan Baxter, 32, founder of "Hire a Boston Wingwoman", observes,"You go to meet [the person] and realize their picture was taken ten years ago and that they are not who you thought." Susan is right. Mirage men know that the secret to making the date successful is to pretend to be what the woman wants. So when they fill out the profile for the computer dating service, they may fail to mention their real passion is laying around all weekend unshaven in the underwear watching sports beamed in to their satellite dish to their 50 inch plasma television with stereophonic sound. Instead they present themselves on their computer dating profile as enlightened consumers of the opera, classical music buffs, season ticket holders at the local community theatre, gourmet cooks and guys who enjoy poetry and romantic walks on the beach at sunset. These mirage men are experts in the video portion of the profile. You will see some of them portraying themselves on camera as being politically active and politically correct, casually name-dropping their favorite Green celebrity, how they love to ride their bikes to work every morning and faithfully attend those Saturday morning Sierra Club hikes. Everything in their presentation of self is designed to woo a woman. Honesty? Forget about it!