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Are You Too Picky On First Dates?

It's Just Lunch, the online dating site for "busy professionals," teamed up with American Way (that magazine tucked into every American Airlines chair) to get into the mind of online daters. Some of the results were disheartening. For example, 66 percent decide within 30 minutes of a first date if they want a second or not. Twenty percent of the 16-39 age group are super hardcore and ready for the check after five minutes.

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13 Reasons Women Turn Down A Second Date

While cell phone shenanigans, a lack of physical attraction, talking too much about yourself, and blatant pre-date lies definitely apply to both genders, there are some specific reasons for why a gal won't give a guy the time of day again. Don't get grabby, have manners, make eye contact and 10 other first-date tips from women.

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All Women Are Prostitutes. Seriously?

A recent survey should put some women at ease, it turns out that guys don't mind your body being imperfect. In fact, many prefer it that way. Sure, they think it means you'll be less high maintenance but whatever. Unfortunately, Ashley Dupre (lately of the Eliot Spitzer scandal) believes that she deserves a second chance. Fair enough, she also thinks that many of her critics are hypocrites because they like nice things and have rich husbands. So, have fun dating with that news.

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Are Your Updates Keeping You Single

It's very easy to make yourself what I'll call a mark (easy target) on Facebook and Twitter. Those 140 characters can tell people a lot about you. In fact, folks can determine more about you by reading a day's worth of updates than a trained psychologist could after multiple sessions. Like what, you ask? Well....

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A Great Combo: Online Dating And Donating

There is a new site out there that combines two really nice things: meeting people in a presumptively romantic atmosphere and raising money. The site is called GiveAndDate.com and has a very interesting concept. Essentially, it's a paid dating site that donates half of its revenue (income) to charity. They've allied with a handful of causes and, naturally, let their subscribers choose which non-profit they give their monies to.

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I'm A Wife, Mom & Run A Sugar-Daddy Dating Site

Simone Dadoun-Cohen is an entrepreneur, former exotic dancer, wife, mother of three, and pot-stirrer. Her website, EstablishedMen.com, seems recession-proof, as it counts over 250,000 affluent men and beautiful young women among its members. One of the only "Sugar Daddy" sites with a female at the helm, Established Men was recently profiled on Nightline, which posed the question as to whether Dadoun-Cohen is a thinly veiled pimp of sorts.

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3 Dates A Day Leads Man To Marriage

Some folks believe that falling in love is a matter of fate—trusting that if they go about their lives, they'll meet their soul mates. Others approach it with the strategy of a business investment. Ron James, 48, for example, contacted hundreds of women—sometimes going on three dates in one day(!)—until he met the right one.

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Top 8 Reasons Online Dating Is Great

Still stuck in a '90s mindset that online dating is for the hyper-sexed or otherwise socially dysfunctional populace? Get over yourself, online dating sites offer more benefits than you think: from scoring a free meal ticket to practicing your people skills, here are 8 love buzzy reasons why online dating is great.

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Online Dating Sites Are Lying To Us (Maybe)

EHarmony claims in television and online ads that 2% of people who got married last year in the U.S. met through their site. Earlier this year, a Match.com media kit boasted that twelve marriages and engagements a day could be credited to their site. And Marcus Frind, chief executive and founder of Plenty of Fish says his dating site brings about 100,000 marriages a year. For those of us who are proponents of online dating, these statistics — at first glance — seem promising. But are they really reliable, or are they — as Mark Twain once said of all statistics — just lies?

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Choosing Battlestar Galactica Over A Boyfriend

In years following my last serious relationship and tortured breakup, I became an online dating veteran. For two years, I went on countless first dates, a handful leading to a second, none leading to romance. I shed no tears about these strike-outs, having already found plenty of substitutes for love. The painful end to the long-term relationship led me first to the glory of take-out and then to television, culminating in renting DVDs of the Sci Fi show Battlestar Galactica. For me, there was no higher paradise than sitting on my floor, eating Ethiopian take-out, and watching my characters go through their torrid emotional ups and downs (while I, coincidentally, experienced none). Little did I know then that watching Battlestar Galactica would, in part, spell the end of my online dating career.

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Trying a new online dating site

I've done online dating on and off for a few years, and because I live in a relatively small city, selection is limited. I'm always on the lookout for another set of prospective dates so when my friend told me about all the people she saw on the website Plenty of Fish, I had to try it. In a couple of days I probably received 20 emails, all from people I didn't want to write back, either because they couldn't write well enough for me to believe they'd passed 5th grade, or because they were more than 10 or 15 years older than I am...or because they said they were free most mornings and wanted to have some fun. I wonder, is it likely that a PhD student who says she is looking for a long term relationship (they make you specify) would want to date a 60 year old man who can't spell or hook up with a married guy two towns over for pre-lunch sex? And yet, I've sent about six emails myself, but only received one reply from someone who didn't write me back after that. I didn't think I was contacting people who would be repulsed to receive an email from me, but apparently I'm off the mark. It just seems odd to me that we can't do better. I know who's in my league in real life. Is it just that everyone takes online dating so casually that it doesn't really matter if you let a few chances go by, or if you make a few hundred passes that don't go anywhere? Is it that with all the choices, we all assume we can do better than we can? Or is it just that in my city, there are so few decent single guys in their 30s that my standards are too high? I'm pretty casual about this myself, and I'm not trying as hard as I could, but I'm still surprised that no one I would date has contacted me, and no one I have contacted would date me... How can we be so off the mark?