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Internet Dating Sites?

I’ve been thinking recently that I should try internet dating sites. I mean, it’s looking unlikely that I will meet anybody in the normal way any time soon, so why not have a go with it? I’m not saying I’m going to do it any time soon, though. I’d wait until I’ve finished uni at least, since it would only be adding another distraction to my life, and being in third year, about to start properly writing my dissertation, distractions is not what I need.

The only thing is, I wouldn’t want to pay to join any site, I’m not that desperate. Are there even any free dating sites? Surly there must be some somewhere, right? I haven’t looked into it so I don’t know, this is only really a ‘thought experiment’ at this stage. Since most people on the internet love things being free – just look at the massive open-source community – there must be some, wouldn’t you think?

At the same time though, even if there was such a site, would they even have anybody my age on there? Isn’t internet dating for, I dunno, 30, 40+ people? Would they even have any members who live in Southampton? Where do people my age turn to when they want an easier way to find a relationship? Do they just not think about it in that way?

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  1. Laura
    29/10/2011 at 7:07 pm

    There are free dating sites, and there are people of all ages on them. But, and trust me on this, they’re really not worth your time. They’re full of people who either want an easy lay (like, can’t be arsed leaving their house to meet people), or people who are, how to put this nicely, single for a reason.

    If you’re going to go that route, pay the fee and do it right.

    • 29/10/2011 at 7:27 pm

      Yeah, you’re right.

    • 29/10/2011 at 8:11 pm

      Having tried it the free way, I would totally agree. Although I know people who have been successful, my experience has been either of meeting slightly odd people, or guys that just want an easy lay. I’m sure there are some decent people on there, but they are hard to find in among the rest. If I was to try it again I would go for a paid one and then at least you know they are a bit more serious about it. As for the age thing, there are lots of young people trying online dating now so don’t worry about that. It is becoming more socially acceptable too!

  2. imafaghag
    29/10/2011 at 10:28 pm

    OkCupid is all sorts of amazing! It’s free and has a cool and quirky crowd. I joined because I was NEVER asked out the “normal” way and assumed I was ugly. Apparently not because since I’ve joined (January 2011) I’ve had boyfriends from the site.

    I’m 23 and have been on since 22. There’s tons of youngsters (18+) and it’s super cool. Definitely give it a shot!

  3. Blah Blahson
    13/11/2011 at 8:57 am

    I’m 25 and have met a couple of girls on OkCupid over the years. My first relationship lasted for nearly 2 years. My current girlfriend and I met on OkCupid and we’re very much in love, having recently moved into our first flat together and are planning our future :). We have loads in common and aside from being quite geeky, I consider myself fairly normal – I just don’t like meeting people in the traditional way of clubbing and pub-hopping, being quite shy, and managed to find my perfect match online!

    OkCupid is totally free (although there is an optional premium feature which most people don’t bother getting, because it doesn’t hinder anything) and is probably one of the most well-populated and popular sites out there. Its matching system is very good and seems to use some very clever algorithms for matching (if you remember “TheSpark”, it’s based on that).

    So, in short, online dating DOES work and you should definitely give it a go! It worked for me.. And I highly recommend OkCupid if you’re looking for a recommendation.

    One last thing. You mention about visiting Amsterdam and going to a brothel etc. Among our many shared interests, me and my girlfriend are quite into kinky sex stuff and also do escorting as a couple (threesomes and guy-with-girl while I watch), if this sounds like something you might enjoy you should pop us an email and we can sort out a meet ;). You can email us at: blahblahson25@gmail.com

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