"I'm a lawyer, and it's a job that takes up a lot of time," she says.
"I didn't know how I was going to meet someone, especially when with what little free time I had I wanted to spend it with my friends." Heeding advice from friends living in New York City, Allison turned to the Internet.
An hour or so into the date, he looks me straight in the eyes and says: ' You have got to stop touching your hair because it's driving me crazy.
I don't know if I'm going to be able to control myself!
"The bar scene was always about ' Hey baby, you're hot' after a few drinks." Though once considered the sole province of the nerdy and socially challenged, online dating has come a long way.
According to online dating site Match.com, more than 20,000 people register to use the site every day.
"Putting up pictures that represent what you look like means you don't have to worry later, if he or she doesn't call you to go out again, that it's because of how you look," Allison says.
"Be honest about who you are."Avoid pictures of yourself with either too many props or too many other people.
There, she found a supportive group of friends, an apartment within walking distance of the city's hottest spots..absolutely no time to date.
"I met this guy for drinks, and everything was going fine.
I have a tendency to mess with my hair when I get nervous, so I start running my hands through it.
Despite a few duds and near misses, her perseverance—plus an online connection seven years later that resulted in a marriage proposal—would eventually reaffirm her belief that online dating is an ideal way to make a real connection with another person.
"Meeting someone in a bar never quite worked out," she says.