Exactly right. I think I'm around the same generation as you all. The bad thing is that I didn't realize how online actually had a novel aspect to it in a good way, that if you beat all the fools who had rushed in by 2011 or so, you could have had real prospects. It was like the first time you chatted on AOL with someone, it seemed so exciting - remember that back in the day?It's just that the period was in the odd spot between when club culture was at it's peak but online dating was in its infancy. At the time online dating catered to specific niches like people with geographic impediments, specific religions, or the "bottom barrelers" like Plenty of Fish. A lot of the sites at that point functioned more like digital matchmakers than the hookup auctions they are now.
That's why a lot of guys on the early "dating" apps could so easily get meets and even excite younger or college girls into successful hookups or dates. Then it became so mainstream and obvious, no girl cared. When girls lost their 20s to expectations of their own career, they simultaneously didn't care about a good man, what his future was, etc. Thus, the 30+ year old and the wall became realities in society.