4 things I learned about online dating from Columbo
I was, and still am, a big fan of the super cool Peter Falk in his role as Columbo, the bumbling TV murder detective who always got his man. I have watched so many episodes over the years and even though the viewer got to find out who the murderer was from the very first frame (normally a big no-no for me), it still had me completely riveted. I was drawn over and over to his larger than life character.
Here are 4 things I learned about online dating from Columbo that helped me to create my online dating strategy. All this helped keep me on track to finding that elusive true love.
1. Take a real interest
This is a guy who knows how to make someone feel special – like you’re the only other person in the world. Obviously he is doing it to find out more about his suspect but, if you like someone, showing this level of interest in them is pretty special and often irresistible. Be wary though, if they aren’t revelling in your attention then you could be heading into stalker territory. At that point, it’s time to move on.
2. Trust your gut
Columbo always trusted and relied on his gut. All his decisions and subsequent actions were based on his gut instinct more than anything else and he always got the right man. This is something I didn’t always do in the early days of online dating. If things didn’t feel quite right with a guy, I’d find excuses as to why and talk myself into continuing things. The best thing I ever did for myself was to quit the excuses and trust my gut. It saved me a lot of time and likely heartbreak further down the line.
3. Stay cool
Columbo wasn’t exactly The Fonz or anything but he always stayed pretty cool no matter what was going on around him. When you’re in the dating phase of your relationship, staying cool will stand you in good stead. Save the drama, if you have too, for when you’re a more established couple!
4. Hang in there
If your gut is saying this is right but there are a few bumps on the way, hang in there. Columbo was king of hanging in there. He always stuck around until he got his guy through thick and thin. That girl or guy who emailed you may not have ticked all your desired boxes but just may be, if it’s feeling right, you need to hang in there. But, I’ll say it again, if it’s not feeling right move on or you’ll turn into a stalker!
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