“First dates are easy to get,” said Lauren Fogel, a psychologist and certified sex therapist for Allina Health Nicollet Mall Clinic, but landing a second “is a mark of triumph.” Combine busy schedules, a need for instant gratification and the ever-replenishing well of the Internet, and it’s no wonder that many daters prefer to keep their options open.

“A lot of people will read a profile, create an idea of who that person is, get their hopes up, and then they meet them and it falls short in 2.2 seconds,” Koehler said. and the person they’re on the date with is going to have a very hard time recovering from that judgment.” Koehler also said that daters often misconstrue vague statements such as “I like to work out” to match their own expectation of the phrase — whether that means an affinity for weekend hikes or training for the Twin Cities Marathon.

It doesn’t help that we have less than a second to impress prospective mates with our prowess.

Princeton psychologists found that strangers form impressions within a tenth of a second of seeing our face. As for Konopacz, he’s hopeful he can keep his expectations in check when he joins a singles golf league he found on

There are many fish in the sea, but with the advent of Match.com, Tinder, even Twitter, those fish have never been so easy to catch.

We can order up our next date the same way we order a pizza.

One in 10 Americans — and a total of 91 million people in the world — are now looking for love online.

With that many people at our fingertips, dating has become a game of quantity over quality.

But other, less transparent missteps can be just as damaging.

Set up for disappointment David Konopacz is fed up with online dating, saying he often feels he’s been duped once he meets a woman face-to-face. Paul luxury car salesman admits that the “thrill of the chase” usually ends in disappointment.

“When you find a potential match, you’re excited and your expectations are high,” he said.

“When you meet that person and those expectations aren’t met, that’s frustrating and then you don’t want to waste your time.” While there are no doubt instances of bait-and-switch online, Twin Cities dating coach Kimberly Koehler said that many first dates fail because of the human tendency to believe what we want to be true when given incomplete information.