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(MSNBC)   Online dating petering out. Maybe this is because no one wants to meet a liar, liar with pants on fire.   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 126
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2005-02-12 02:01:07 PM
Sadly, the pickings would be better if I walked past a construction site. Which, of course, isn't saying much.
 
2005-02-12 02:33:38 PM
Misleading pictures, inaccurate profiles, false interests....kinda reminds me of this one web site that I frequent.

I know there are situations where people meet online and everything works out, but I beleive it's like winning the lottery. Your chances are slim. If you want to really meet someone, you'll have to resort to that awkward face to face human contact.
 
2005-02-12 02:57:55 PM
It's petering out for one reason: FREE social networking sites like myspace.com and friendster, which are merely disguised dating sites anyway.

Why pay for something when you can meet so many people for free who are not "looking" for dates, but "happen" to have a page on a social networking site.
 
2005-02-12 03:09:41 PM
Met Mrs. Spankowitz on-line over five years ago. As a single parent, it was difficult to meet people the traditional way. I really enjoyed my experiencee with matchmaker and match. Had a lot of fun and met my wife, ultimately.
 
2005-02-12 06:37:46 PM
The funniest thing is that after I told match.com that I had indeed found a match, they started sending me more personals by email. I wonder if trying to break people up post match will become a profitable growth market for these dating sites.

I can see it now: they send people your profile and claim you cheated. They send either you or your match, "Beware of these 10 relationship mistakes" letters.
 
2005-02-12 06:56:18 PM
Anyone look at http://www.jdate.com/?

Their slogan should be

"With big noses and all baby!"
 
2005-02-12 06:59:44 PM
it's like winning the lottery

Exactly. That's why you have to play the numbers! I was dating a few girls at a time untill I found the right one.

The key was not to let the girls "hook" me with sex. Nothing reeks of low self esteem like a girl that tries to go down on you on the first date. The ones who try to rope you in like that are the ones to run away from.

/my $0.02
 
2005-02-12 07:01:06 PM
They're thinly disguised hook-up joints. If you want to meet people for short-term "relationships" then you're in the right place. Serious commitments with mature people are rare.
 
2005-02-12 07:01:16 PM
That headline is quality.
 
2005-02-12 07:02:49 PM
I think it has to do with the fact that the face of some guy who has had plastic surgery to permanently implant a chipmunk smile on his goofy mug makes most people want to punch him.



At e-harmony.com, I will show you how to report the news of a tsunami, and still have such a smile that my face tears at the seams.
 
2005-02-12 07:03:31 PM
my sister has met 3 of her 5 husbands on-line ....
 
2005-02-12 07:03:37 PM
I think I know of at least a dozen people who have met online and married.

My UT clanmaster just 2 weeks ago hitched a woman he met on his gaming server. He's from Michigan, she, England.

Can't say I approve of all this modern stuff. I met my wife the old fashioned way, dead drunk in a bar, asking her name the next morning in bed.

/kidding, met her at work
 
2005-02-12 07:04:28 PM
Revenue is down because of all the free sites, e.g. http://www.okcupid.com/
 
2005-02-12 07:05:03 PM
if you look at all those websites that offer a "free sign-up / pay to contact", you'll see that across all of them for any given city, it's the same women (I didn't check men), with often the same photo, so either:

a) the profiles are sold to those sites to populate them so they don't look empty.

b) the women expect men to pay to contact them.
 
2005-02-12 07:05:39 PM
Truncks1

Heh... look me up on jdate... I'm "Panzerfaust".
 
2005-02-12 07:09:29 PM
I remember when my district's legally elected Representative to the House, Steve Rothman (D-NJ), showed up on JDate. By job, I remember he wrote "Member of U.S. Congress." I love it!
 
2005-02-12 07:09:43 PM
Nobody wants to be raped and murdered by some internet psycho... unless that is what they are into.

ecophage Your screen name for a dating site is a German WWII anti-tank weapon? Was it the one-shot version or the reloadable one, I can't remember at the moment.
 
2005-02-12 07:10:04 PM
"Do you like being a liar, with pants constantly on fire?"
 
F42
2005-02-12 07:11:24 PM
JohnnyontheSpot:

ecophage Your screen name for a dating site is a German WWII anti-tank weapon? Was it the one-shot version or the reloadable one, I can't remember at the moment.


Because that says a lot about the kind of lover you are...
 
2005-02-12 07:15:08 PM
JohnnyontheSpot
No one's ever accused me of being tasteful... At the time I was struck at how hypcritical the whole idea for that site was.
 
2005-02-12 07:31:00 PM
Online dating services are out. Online military escort services are in.

 
2005-02-12 07:36:00 PM

She has a really great personality!
 
2005-02-12 07:47:31 PM
F42: Because that says a lot about the kind of lover you are...

I guess ecophage was the one-shot variety. Brave of him, really.
 
2005-02-12 07:49:32 PM
I can't imagine..what with all the "cutegirl4u" and "afstud4u"'s running around out there just waiting to find each other.
 
2005-02-12 07:50:01 PM
That's pretty entertaining
 
2005-02-12 07:52:06 PM
There have been times when I would have paid almost anything to meet "a liar, liar with pants on fire."
 
2005-02-12 07:57:08 PM
Dillo: the pic is disturbing.


I met my husband the good ole fashioned way. I have never met anyone online and never would. I've also known a lot of people who are married who leave their spouce for some internet fantasy ass. Makes no sense to me. I would be interested in finding out some numbers on how many of these people who are trying to find a "Match" is married.

But on the other hand, I do know some people who have hooked up for the good. I also have many many funny stories about them too.

/I'll spare you all and save them for later
 
2005-02-12 07:57:26 PM
Online dating is much better than bar dating, especially for people with a bit of intelligence. Bright people (Farkers, for example) understand that bars are for drinking, talking politics, and attempting to convert others to your religion in.

However, most of the sites make money from dumb people being willing continue to pay to meet other dumb people online, when they could just as easily find each other in a bar...

Last time I looked at any of those sites at least 25% of the women were Russians, 50% Americans from the boonies, and far too many of the adds said "I fark you so long you don't beat me like last guy" or "I 6 kids already by many asshats, want man is not asshat for more kids".

75% of men's ads lacked anything at all in the 'short essay' fields, indicating terminal shyness or terminal lack of imagination. 50% of those who wrote anything wrote "Want fark you my 9-inches cock" or some similarly subtle lie. Grammar was not one of the strong points of either sex...
 
2005-02-12 07:58:05 PM
Hey, ladies! Here's your honest man!
 
2005-02-12 07:58:19 PM
I had a couple chicks click on my meet me button on hotornot.com except I got kind of weary when I found that they had 200+ double matches..yea this will work..
 
2005-02-12 08:00:12 PM
man, here in louisville people won't stop talking about Louisville Mojo. Crazy shiat.
 
2005-02-12 08:00:21 PM
I had a membership to some dating site. I got emails about once a month saying that they had not found a match. That went on for about 3 years and then I got no more emails. Never got a date.

I put up a profile on another site and forgot all about it until last year some chick sent me an email wanting to meet me. She was a pig girl. Had a pig nose and a very beach ball like figure. I think she was wearing a wig. She ate a $17 steak and that was the end of the date.

I took my profile down the next day. Don't need to date pig women. Rather be alone. Kept expecting her to go "oink oink".
 
2005-02-12 08:00:44 PM
Hogwasher:

50% of those who wrote anything wrote "Want fark you my 9-inches cock" or some similarly subtle lie.

They don't want to fark you?
 
2005-02-12 08:02:12 PM
Dunno about dating, but Yahoo just got me laid. Like about two hours ago. Then we couldn't find her bra when she had to leave. Spent 15 minutes tearing apart the sofa before it finally turned up. Good times. Found like, $3, a padlock key, and a couple of paperback books, too.

I don't do drawn-out online flirting or anything. If I run into someone interesting, I'll meet them for coffee or something. You can generally tell within 5 minutes if it's someone you'd like to get to know better. Or just take home and screw on the couch.
 
2005-02-12 08:02:26 PM
"Nothing reeks of low self esteem like a girl that tries to go down on you on the first date. The ones who try to rope you in like that are the ones to run away from."

After they finish, of course...
 
2005-02-12 08:02:58 PM
it's sad that communities like this have to exist
http://www.fakersbusted.com/
 
2005-02-12 08:05:46 PM
Feel free to share some stories IrishOshen23 :)
 
2005-02-12 08:07:50 PM
ecophage:

Nothing reeks of low self esteem like a girl that tries to go down on you on the first date. The ones who try to rope you in like that are the ones to run away from.

BLASPHEMY!!! Someone give this guy his testicles back now!
 
2005-02-12 08:15:10 PM
Aha.
 
2005-02-12 08:26:50 PM
Low self esteem because she wants to go down on me the first date??!!?!

My head asplode, not sure when I didn't want that to happen. (most of my dates have turned out just fine, well except for this one with a genuine Christian fundy. I got the one person in the world that never actually tried an illegal drug, go figure, whooops rambling.
 
2005-02-12 08:26:52 PM
eh, its hit or miss with online dating. Is that any different than picking up someone in a bar after 5 drinks?

I've gone on a few dates with women who were no different than their profiles suggested, looked like their picture etc... most didn't work out because they didn't work out, not because I had some kind of false impression or vice versa... had about the same "hit" percentage as with women I met in class in college, or in a bar...

And like that guy said, if you fark the girl on the first date, run, run away, unless you happen to like dating flaky sluts... never had one of those that didn't end in a few weeks with her running off with some new guy she porked on the side...
 
2005-02-12 08:28:35 PM
Hogwasher:

Bright people (Farkers, for example) understand that bars are for drinking, talking politics, and attempting to convert others to your religion in.

I'm confused. I thought that's what Fark was for.
 
2005-02-12 08:29:07 PM
Hey, I met my current boyfriend from an online dating site. We hit it off right away, consummated our relationship on date #3, and we're still together to this day; ready to spend our 3rd valentine's day together on monday.

The thing with online dating is you can't be dumb. Find a good profile. Talk on instant messenger. Keep asking for current pictures and talk on the phone (no work numbers, no home numbers.. cell phone if possible.. it's always easy to change that number if need be) a few times before meeting, and if possible, have a web conference. When you do meet, common sense, but meet in a public place during the day.

If you're open to possibilities of let's say a bar, why not the internet? There's a lot more eligible people on the internet than in a bar on any given night. I was skeptical at first, but after 2 years with this guy, I'd never EVER return to the bar scene. I met someone way too compatible for that again.
 
2005-02-12 08:35:17 PM
MorteDiem: My UT clanmaster just 2 weeks ago hitched a woman he met on his gaming server.


That's the absolutely dorkiest thing I've read in months.

Thank you.
 
2005-02-12 08:40:18 PM
I've gone on a few dates with women who were no different than their profiles suggested, looked like their picture etc... most didn't work out because they didn't work out, not because I had some kind of false impression or vice versa... had about the same "hit" percentage as with women I met in class in college, or in a bar...

same here. some dates, some better than others, etc etc.
 
2005-02-12 08:42:52 PM
I met my lady friend online. Through hot or not's meet me thingy. We first e-mailed eachother on December 18th, 2001. We'll be married this June.
However, she was very lucky I didn't turn out to be some horrible creepy psycho.
/just plain ol' horrible
 
2005-02-12 08:43:03 PM
I met my man on Craigslist.

Married almost 2 years now, dated for 2.
 
2005-02-12 08:44:09 PM
Hmmm, food for thought. Recently ended an 11-year marriage (met in a bar) and I've been nosing through the various personals sites. Based on many of the females' ads, for all they care a guy could look like Quasimodo as long as he has a great sense of humor and is a man of decent character. Bah! They might SAY that in a personal, but the reality is they're looking for a 6'5" chiseled stud with a 7-figure net worth.

Not that I'm bitter or anything....
 
2005-02-12 08:48:53 PM
no one wants to meet a liar, liar with pants on fire

No shiat. It's pretty depressing. Integrity just happens to be my one and only button.

Although I have to admit I have a friend or two who met their mate through the Net, and it's basically like they're joined at the hip. The whole idea of it makes me pretty uneasy though. I like to believe in magic, and I'm willing to wait. I prefer for things to work out the way they are supposed to.
 
B82
2005-02-12 08:51:19 PM
I hope this doesn't have anything to do with me posting Fabio as my picture.
 
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