I’ve been doing the online dating thing for a while. Match, Nerve, JDate, OkCupid, you name it. Generally, I’m a fan. (It feels sort of like shopping for boys, no?) That said, there’s also a lot about it that never fails to appall me. Namely, what guys seem to think is attractive, funny, or sexy in their profiles. For some of these men, the dealbreaker can be small—that moment when you’re checking him out, and all is going well until you scroll down to see that one off-putting thing and it’s click, on to the next. Then of course, there are the all-around disaster cases where everything from the picture to the description is horrifically wrong.
Here, some examples (both hilarious and bizarre) of online dating dealbreakers. For the ladies out there, let us know if you agree. For the guys, take notes. Please. Keep reading »
Would you like to date Jon Gosselin? Well, who wouldn’t? I know there’s nothing that lights a fire in my loins like a man who walks out on his wife, twins, and sextuplets. That is hot! Thankfully, it turns out that Gosselin is on Match.com. Yes, the ink may not yet be dry on the “Jon & Kate Plus 8” star’s divorce papers, but that doesn’t mean he’s not out there trolling the interwebs for young women looking to raise eight stepchildren and deal with a probably not very happy presumed to be soon-to-be ex-wife! So, what’s he looking for? Do you meet the demands of his dating profile needs? If you’ve got a non-asymmetrical haircut, you just might have a chance with the Goss. [Funny or Die] Keep reading »
A guy friend told me last month that despite his ability to meet women when he’s out, he has several online dating profiles. He, like some of my other friends, suggested I set up an account on Match.com or its equivalent now that I’ve reentered the dating scene after several years.
When I gave him the same line I’d given other people—“I don’t think I need to”—he said, quite matter-of-factly, “Everybody needs to. It’s just how things are going to be now.” Keep reading »
Groucho Marx once famously quipped “I don’t care to belong to a club that would have me as a member.” I sort of feel the same way about online dating sites. There has got to be a better way to meet people, people. Sadly, mental telepathy does not work. Unless you know what I was just thinking, in which case, e-mail me.
I’ve recently begun… researching popular dating sites. Not because I need a date. Ho, no, no, no. I don’t need a date. I’m up to my man boobs in hot lady action. There’s an 85% chance of boobs forecast in my love life. I am the Mayor of Vagtown. No, this research is for you, for all of you. It’s a testament to my generosity of spirit I waded through these interweb love sewers in order to impart some sort of wisdom. Here’s the wisdom: dating sites blow. Keep reading »
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, might have a reputation of a womanizer. But according to a new study by the site MySingleFriend.com, he may be one of the few guys named “Andrew” out there doing well with the ladies. The site says that even though a full tenth of their members are Andrews, these guys don’t get nearly the same number of clicks as guys named James, Nick, Mark, and Ben, even when the specific guy is “gorgeous, clever, and available.” [Metro UK]
So how do you feel about Andrews? And do you feel like you’re more or less attracted to men of a certain name? I know I once turned down a date with a boy named Eugene because of his name, though I swear he had other issues, too. Keep reading »
Before you get excited about having met your future hubby on Match.com, watch out — he might not exist. Sean McGinn, “witty and scruffy” Match.com user, had to find this one out the hard way. He had been sending carefully tailored e-mails out to hundreds of seemingly perfect women, only to find out that they were no more than vacant internet space. So, now he’s suing the website for “humiliation and disappointment.” He insists that Match.com “cease and desist its deceptive practices,” because they are “willfully causing emotional harm to the consumer and social harm to society at large.” I’m not sure what’s more embarrassing—the fact that McGinn was sending messages to nobody, or that he is suing Match.com for $5 million because of it. But even if he doesn’t win the lawsuit, the Brooklynite has something to smile about; he’s finally met someone special on the website he claims he was “defrauded” by. How ironic. [NYMag, NYPost] Keep reading »
The internet has proven to be a great way to get rid of a lot of junk. I’m not talking about eBay. So many forums have popped up for the lovelorn to confess the tangled sex webs they have woven. The net is a perfectly anonymous way to publicize the party in your pants, and we love to read every juicy detail. After the jump, some of our favorite sites for sex and relationship confessions. Keep reading »
Basisnote and Scientific Match are developing technology that will hook people up based on their immune systems and odor. Studies have shown how a person smells is based in their immune system, and people are attracted to the odor of those who have different histocompatibility genes, the genetic components of the human immune system, than their own. Dating someone with a different immune system than yours is beneficial in the long run if the two of you decide to procreate. But in the short term this seems like another dating site gimmick. Both of these sites purport to let nature take its course by letting people’s noses make the decision for them, but they have a rather unnatural hand in getting the couple together because they match men and women to people who have opposite immune systems. [Discovery News]
We don’t plan on joining either of these sites because they take the fun out of dating, but we might try the following sites (some real, some imagined) instead. Keep reading »
While there are plenty of Twitter haters, we’re fans of the site. Our lives are busy, and it’s easier to communicate with others on our own terms than keep in touch them all via email, or, heaven forbid, in real life. Plus, Twitter brings out the pithy in people; they have to show they’re smart and clever — even with a 140-character constraint.
Over the past few months, we’ve been online dating but have found that reading guy’s profiles can be a bit of a time-suck — a lot of them are long-winded. Yes, we’d like to know whether we might be a match, but we’d also like to catch up on “The Real Housewives of New York” episodes we missed. So, we’re all for Radaroo, a free online dating system that uses Twitter to pair up people. While there aren’t many users yet, we hope Radaroo takes off. It could be like speed dating for witty writer-types! [Radaroo via Inventor Spot] Keep reading »
A friend of mine is tipping her toe into the online dating pool and has been asking me for advice on navigating the waters. So, in honor of her, and some of our very own Frisky staff who have been doing the same toe-tipping themselves, as well as anyone else out there who has wondered how to best maximize the opportunity, I present the Dos and Don’ts of Online Dating after the jump. Keep reading »