Check out this cartoon depicting one guy’s thoughts about online dating. It starts out on a positive note — the girl he’s been chatting with says she’ll go on a date with him, and he even gets some virtual tongue action via instant messenger. Things seem to be going well enough, as they take a ride on a ferris wheel, go to the movies, have a picnic in the park, go to bed together…and then, you realize the guy is dreaming. This is so true about online dating. Since you haven’t met any of the people, you can imagine them however you want (with a face like Casey Affleck and a voice like Pierce Brosnan). You can visualize your life with them until you meet them. Then, you see that they completely suck or can’t hold a conversation or don’t look like their pictures at all. “[Dating is] like buying a CD, only if you like the CD, you have to call the store and see if they’ll let you keep it. And if you don’t like it, you have to call the store and tell them why,” one of my friends told me. That’s why I illegally download music. [I Am Bored] Keep reading »
Nothing says Penthouse magazine quite like boobs, a g-string, and good Christian morals….wait, whaaaa? The porno publication famous for its scantily clad “pets” has been saved from financial ruin by branching out into internet dating with BigChurch.com. The site, which boasts a half a million members nationwide, is like a conservative Jesus-loving version of JDate.com. Sexy pickup lines include “Love God and you will be loved too,” “Trying 2 find the Light can u help,” and “I’m looking for Christian woman with mature thinking for good relationship.” [Newsweek] Keep reading »
I think (and desperately, desperately hope) that all single people encounter dry spells. I don’t mean dry spells during which you get no physical love. I mean dry spells during which members of the opposite sex refuse to talk to you. Maybe their schedules are too packed watching March Madness games, or perhaps they’re feeling unattractive because they’ve developed a layer of fat to keep warm during the winter months, but for whatever reason, girls don’t exist.
The last two months were a dry spell for me. During the 61 days that made up April and May, exactly zero people took any interest in my online dating profile. A handful of men looked at my page, but no one winked at me and no one messaged me. I’m not even sure how this is statistically possible — right now there are 856 people “online now” in my area, according to the site — but during that time I was viewed as a communicative disease in the online dating world. I don’t put much stock into horoscopes, however, mine sucked during those two months, so maybe the stars are to blame.
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Japan’s 65 and older population is expected to double by 2050, and the number of them who are single is also increasing. Luckily, old people are getting more familiar with something called the internet, and in Japan, a cultural change has happened, and older people can talk about being sexual, which means they need to find people to be sexual with them. In short, they are starting to online date — about 9 percent of Match.com members in Japan are 50 and over. Keep reading »
“I Want You To Want Me,” an interactive installation at MoMA, uses information from online dating profiles to explore the search for love and self. I wonder if my profile is included. [I Want You To Want Me]
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Online dating is not just winks and flirty emails. Some dates are so full of halting conversation they would best be portrayed in silent-movie form. This is the story of one such bad date. After emailing back and forth a few times, N. and I decide to get a drink. We agree to meet at the corner of a busy intersection, for reasons I donâ€™t remember. Keep reading »
Have you ever wondered what your friends really think of you? Let them pick out your dates, and youâ€™ll know instantly.
Iâ€™ve been online dating for about three months. And just as frequenting a bar means youâ€™re bound to run into guys youâ€™ve already exchanged numbers or spit with, so does browsing through profiles over and over again (my preferred search method is looking at the â€œOnline Nowâ€ section). In an effort to mix things up, and hopefully meet some new people, I had my boss Amelia and best friend Nathan sift through the profiles for me. The rules: They could browse as much as they wanted but could only â€œwinkâ€ at three people. I would wait and see who responded, and, hopefully, go out with whomever contacted me and seemed normal. Keep reading »
Online dating is more popular than ever! Just like the movie and music industry, it’s getting into the wallets (and pants) of niche markets, as dating sites are getting as particular as their clients. Are our top five picks for going indie online, after the jump…
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