Oh hi! I'm Jason. This is my profile. Enjoy.
How would I describe myself? Well, I am a typical guy in some respects, but not so much in others. I sometimes enjoy loud, aggressive music and action movies, but I couldn't care less about sports, fast cars, drinking beer, shooting guns, or et cetera. I'm the type of guy who would rather watch Youtube videos of cute baby animals than watch a football game, and I have no qualms about admitting it. To pretend otherwise would just be putting on an air of phony machismo, and that's not what I'm about. And let's be honest, animals are amazing and wonderful, and football is boring. There, I said it.
I am currently a student at the University of Utah, working on my degree in computer science. When I'm not doing that, I'm usually at home playing with my cats or getting caught up on my various TV programs. I'm not generally a fan of labels, but I consider myself a humanist, feminist, rationalist, freethinker, and skeptic, among other things. I am a bit of a science enthusiast. I enjoy learning about new and interesting scientific discoveries, and just about anything else, really. I crave knowledge in all its forms. I also enjoy reading, watching movies/TV, playing video games, and traveling to new and interesting places. My favorite Internet cat is Li'l Bub, closely followed by Maru. My favorite color is red, my favorite direction is east, and my least favorite month is January.
Since it seems like every other person on this site who's from Utah is LDS, I figure I'll mention this too: I am not religious in any way, shape or form. I've identified as an atheist for over 10 years, and that has very little chance of changing, ever. That being said, it doesn't matter to me what theological views you have, if any, as long as you are not dogmatic in your beliefs and have an open-minded and progressive worldview.
And one last thing: I have moderate, but manageable, social anxiety. Big deal, you might say. A lot of people feel anxious from time to time. It's part of life. For me, however, my anxiety has been severe and debilitating for most of my life. The whole story behind it is long and kind of depressing, so I will spare you the details. However, let me be clear: I do not expect anybody's pity or sympathy, nor do I want it. We all have our sh!t to deal with, and there are plenty of people in the world who have had a much harder life than I have, so I neither want nor deserve any special treatment. I am mentioning this only because my experience with social anxiety has had profound and indelible effects on who I am as a person, and I could not adequately describe myself without mentioning it. And I know full well that revealing this will significantly reduce my chances of success in the dating world, but I don't care. I refuse to hide who I am in the hopes that it will help me score a date. But this is still a dating site, after all, so allow me to make the case that my history with anxiety is more of an asset than a liability.
It's true that I am awkward in social situations and it takes me a while to loosen up around new people, but those are only surface-level details. What most people don't know is that living with social anxiety has affected me positively as well. It has given me a greater sensitivity to the feelings and emotions of those around me, and has thereby instilled in me a stronger sense of empathy, kindness, and compassion toward others. It has made me more honest, more thoughtful, and more emotionally mature. It has taught me that relationships are not something to take for granted, that life is too short to waste on petty minds games and melodrama. And most of all, it has taught me not to judge others, because I know as well as anybody what it's like to feel judged, and it's not a good feeling. Throughout much of my childhood, I was made to feel a weirdo, an outcast, a loser, and nobody deserves to feel that way, ever. Nobody should be embarrassed or ashamed just for being different. It's GOOD to be different. Imagine how dull and joyless life would be if everybody was the same. Diversity makes the world more interesting, more enriching, and more fulfilling. We should learn to embrace our differences, to be true to ourselves, to say a collective "F*ck you" to all the haters of the world.
"Does this profile description ever end?", you're probably asking yourself about now. Don't worry, I'll stop there. That last paragraph dug pretty deep, but that's another thing you should know about me: I am unflinchingly honest about who I am and what I stand for, and wouldn't have it any other way. If anything in my profile resonates with you, then message me, let's chat.