Posts Tagged: Online Dating

Shame And Despondency Of Online Dating Mitigated By Possibility That Someone Out There Might Not Be 100% Dishonest In Their Profile

"A new Pew report found that more than a third of online daters in the United States have been matched with or come across the profile of someone they already know. And more than half felt like someone else had 'seriously misrepresented themselves in their profile.' Even though attitudes towards online dating have become more charitable, a tenth of those who use dating sites and apps themselves think it’s a mark of desperation." Ugh, that sounds terrible. Is there any good news? "It’s not all liars and self-loathing."


Black Lady Tries Out Being White Online, Is Understandably Horrified

I have been very much enjoying Kia Matthews' Very Scientific White Girl v. Black Girl Online Dating Site Experiment. For it, she posted profiles of both a little white woman and of herself-and then watched the responses from hot and bothered men come flooding in… to the white woman. Yes, there are many potential, undefined variables in this experiment, which she is quite clear about up front. And yes, it is also actually fascinating. Part four, published today, deals with word count of responses and education level of responders. The data may (not) surprise you. (Also, you can begin at the beginning and continue here and [...]


A Treasury of the World's Worst Online Dating Stories

Since we gathered a truly huge pile of data from our online dating survey, we've published advice about how to improve online dating for everyone, for folks who date men and folks who date women. Now, in our final installment of this very special dating survey roundup, we bring you: The Most Horrific Things Encountered While Online Dating. A word of warning here? Most of these are really funny. And then, in a small section towards the end, some of them are absolutely not funny. We're including some extremely frank stuff, including about sexual assault. If you're not up for reading about that today, you should take a [...]


My Superpower Is Being Alone Forever

It’s pretty hard to reverse engineer a meet-cute. These things either happen or they don’t. If you were really serious about it, you could probably arrange for, say, an errant shopping cart to go charging off in someone's direction and then you could rush up behind it saying, "Sorry, sorry!" and that’s how you'd meet, but then you’d have to live with yourself for the next 50 years or so, knowing that, basically, you're Elmer Fudd. Sometimes when a radiant single lady comes floating along the sidewalk like a dream, I think about stopping her. But I never would. It just seems as intrusive as a catcall—or an errant [...]