For the dudes (or the ladies) who can’t find a decent date, why not try a more captive audience … like inmates. Three new online dating sites, Prison Inmates, Cellblockmail, and Meet-An-Inmate allow you to find the prisoner pen pal of your dreams. If things go well, maybe she will call you collect or let you deposit funds into her commissary account. I’m personally a fan of Sandy, the 56-year-old dental hygienist looking for the “Abott to her Costello.” Uh, dare I ask what landed her in the slammer for murder in the second degree? Actually, I’m not sure I want to know. After the jump, the most eligible bachelorettes behind bars. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
Talk about a niche dating site. TheUglyBugBall.co.uk launched on Monday as the first online dating site only for ugly people in the U.K. It claims to “deal in reality,” is free to join and filled with 1,500 unattractive people who want to, um, bump uglies. First of all, that’s the best name for a website ever. Second of all, founder Howard James’ quote is the funniest ever: “It’s a sad fact that up to half of the UK is made up of ugly people yet amazingly nobody has ever thought of providing a dating service for them.” The rules are strict: attractive singletons are not allowed!
But isn’t a dating site for “the aesthetically challenged” kind of … wrong? Keep reading »
The archetype of the sad sack single internet computer geek may soon have to be retired. A new study from the American Sociological Association found that people with internet access at home were more likely to be in relationships than those without.
And, it turns out, it’s likely that many of these relationships were found online. Keep reading »
As I’m sure you’ve noticed in my writing on The Frisky, I’m guilty of speaking in what I call “Gossip Girl”-ese. Example: It’s totes obvs that I like to shorten words for no real amazeballs reason. But whatevs. I have no doubt that this is seriously grating to some people, but on the blog — which I consider my online home — and amongst friends, this is the way I speak and how I write in emails and text messages sometimes. Amongst friends, I specified. When I’m getting to know someone new or conversing with someone professionally, I, of course, leave the “whatevs” and the “WTFs” and the “totes” out of it. I wish others would do the same, but unfortunately, I’ve started to notice modern web, text, and pop-culture lingo infiltrating the online dating process. Keep reading »
Last night, my friend J. forwarded me an email that had been sent to a friend of hers from OkCupid. “We are very pleased to report that you are in the top half of OkCupid’s most attractive users,” the website wrote to J.’s pal. “The scales recently tipped in your favor, and we thought you’d like to know. How can we say this with confidence? We’ve tracked click-thrus on your photo and analyzed other people’s reactions to you…” The reward for J.’s friend, now that he was one of the online dating site’s elite hotties? Easier access to the other elite hotties! “You will now see more attractive people in your match results,” OkCupid raved. Uh, OK, whatever. But how was J.’s friend to know that OkCupid wasn’t just sending this email to every single user as a marketing scheme? “And, no, we didn’t just send this email to everyone on OkCupid,” they assured. “Go ask an ugly friend and see.” Turns out J., also an OkCupid user, is an “ugly friend,” since she didn’t receive this oh-so-special surprise in her inbox. And apparently, so am I, because I didn’t get one either! Hey, OkCupid, bite me! Keep reading »
I’m having issues lately with the fact that dating rituals seem to be getting further and further away from “natural”—like where two people meet, like each other, and decide to go out. I already have trouble accepting online dating as a necessary evil of being a 30-something single, but there are some cool sites out there that are giving it their best effort to make it as not awkward as possible. And then there are others that are ruining dating altogether. According to an article in The New York Times, there is new online dating trend that involves business cards with pickup lines and barcodes. Oh. No. Keep reading »
It sounds like Clive Worth fancies himself a modern day Casanova. He claims to have bedded more than 1,500 women thanks to the help of online dating and social networking sites. He even wrote a book about it called A Serial Shagger’s Guide to Online Dating. Yuck. The 60-year-old ex-miner claims that at least 300 of his conquests have come from Facebook. So now the site is banning his account. Worth says he doesn’t see the reason why the site is not allowing him access, but is working around the ban by creating a disguise profile as a woman. What an ingenious man! Keep reading »
Dan had a big grin in his profile picture, like he’d just said something super funny. He liked foreign novels, old buildings, and could spell in complete words. He looked like a cute professor.
Could this be … my guy?
I’d been online dating for a few months – long enough. There were the guys who lied about their age/height/marital status, the guy who said I was a dead ringer for his favorite blond sports reporter and would I mind putting on a fake newscast for him, and my favorite, the guy who asked me not to use face cream because he had a phobia about moisturizers. Keep reading »
Another day, another crop of online dating profiles to annoy the crap out of me. I don’t enjoy online dating much in that so far it’s been pretty unsuccessful, but I sure do love reading online dating profiles. This time, I decided to take a break from perusing profiles for guys who’ve given themselves weird nicknames and specify they’re only interested in younger women, to study what my fellow female online daters are up to. I have to say, I am impressed. I have some stiff competition, at least in the New York area — ladies who are attractive, funny, witty, smart, and sassy. Seriously, I was ready to message at least a handful of these chicks to see if they’d want to be besties. After skimming dozens and dozens of profiles written by women, it’s clear that men are the ones who need the most help when it comes to attracting women online. Still, I did see a few glaring DON’TS being committed by the ladies, so let’s learn from them, shall we? Here’s how to make sure your profile is a cut above the rest. Keep reading »