Let me introduce myself…
My name is Joanne and I was an online dating addict!
I must say though; I am now happily married, but for 8 solid years I was stuck in a virtual online dating nightmare. I simply couldn’t get out of the habit of replying to chats that just weren’t going anywhere, in fact one chat lasted for two years, on and off with no sign of a date, what was that all about when I think back now. The endless lack of dates with guys who just wanted a quick fix of chatting until I myself fell into the trap and actually became one of them. Sometimes I even woke myself up in the middle of the night to return messages from drunken chatters who never even asked me to go on a date. I admit that I was in denial of what has happening for a long time and was addicted to the highs and lows of the quick hit messages that came from my online dating and social media accounts.
I was beginning to think this would never ever change, then a friend recommended, well forced me to attend a Dating Detox weekend and my world practically changed over night. Almost instantly I realised I had a crazy addiction that wasn’t benefiting anybody, especially me! Taken what I had learnt from the workshop my confidence was boosted dramatically and with it I started to attract quality rather than quantity. I even started to see the part I had been playing in the whole dating process, this really was the eye opener for me, that I had allowed, attracted and accepted this ‘Type’ of dater into my life.
Looking back I struggle to even recognise my former self as the transformation since the Dating Detox is pretty staggering. Suffering from low self-esteem thanks to my messy marriage break up, I quickly found myself spiralling out of control and began using online dating as a way of distracting me from what was going on within my personal life. I just wish I had been given help sooner and so does my friend! Hopefully my story will inspire you to attend a Dating Detox workshop sooner rather than later.