Amy Borkowsky, who lists her age as "somewhere between Carrie and Samantha," is looking for Mr. Right, and what better way to reach a large pool of potential mates than during the XY's must-see televised event? She's been campaigning on her website SuperBowlSingleGirl hoping to raise approximately $3 million for the ad spot. Borkowsky has so far raised a mere thousand dollars and only a few open slots during the big game remain, but the innovative singleton is hopeful an advertiser might like her cause and feature her in an ad, if she's unable to buy one herself.
If you're an internet user (hey there you!), you've probably seen ads for Adult FriendFinder—they're those banners promising that there are live women in your zip code waiting to have sex with YOU! Now, maybe you've wondered if these women really exist. Turns out they do. In his investigation for Radar, writer Teddy Wayne signed up for AFF with three distinct personalities: a straight man, bisexual woman and gay guy. Most of the his findings are what you'd expect on a casual sex site: profiles include lots of photos of erect cocks, his female profile received more far responses than his male one, and there seems to be way more men than women on the site (despite the fact that AFF says half of its members are women).
Grape growers and winemakers are starting to get together the old fashioned way: online. It appears the principles that run online dating are pretty excellent for supply management in an almost commodity business. Just like online dating, you just have to be sure that the person you're dealing with wants your grapes inside their bottle for the right reasons.
Thinking of lining up a date on the Internet? With more than 800 dating sites online, choosing a dating service has become as complicated as choosing a mate. This primer will give you pros and cons of sites large and small, so you can minimize your hassle and maximize your chances of finding love online.
Online dating threw me an unexpected curveball: my career. As a professional writer, I gave men an easy topic to make conversation about in their initial flirtacious emails: "Where do you work? What do you write about?" The problem is, these men already knew my first name was Jessica; I knew that as soon as I gave them any other clue about my work, they'd be off and Googling. That's certainly what I did to a fellow JDating journalist who worked at a major entertainment magazine told me he once interviewed Blake Lively: it took three seconds to figure out his real identity.
When you feel like you're the last single girl you know, jump online: There are dating sites for fitness fanatics, hotties with herpes, and gold diggers. What's this? You're not a cyclist with genital sores who's planning to marry up? Lucky for you there are plenty of mainstream dating sites as well. But even virtual pickup centers that cater to everyone have a demo they do best. Our friends over at awesome new lady-site Lemondrop (welcome to the web gals!) have a breakdown of the male/female ratio and average ages on various dating dotcoms.
Would you date someone with an STD? Would you want them to be honest about it? Honesty is understood at PositiveSingles.com, an online dating community for those who reject a life of seclusion as part of their STD-prognosis. Whether they have HPV or HIV, members can use Positive Singles to find romance, friendship, or simply support. Each member's specific STD is cited on their profile alongside otherwise-standard information, and users can sift through profiles by searching for specific STDs or any other information. Genital herpes and HPV seem to be most prevalent on the site, according to a Love Buzz browse. As for profiles, photos can be posted but are not necessary, making anonymity totally possible. But, by and large, you'd be hard-pressed to find a member with horns, or any scarlet letter whatsoever. In fact, most members who post pictures are pretty good-looking–so much so that the vast number of photo-free profiles is a bit disappointing.
Earlier this week, I wrote about a questionable Craigslist personal ad that a supposed "SWF "had posted, listing her highly specific requirements for a man. Thankfully, the ad—calling for a man with such particular qualities as owning three to five North Face items—was fake. Boinkology created the listing to test how well a neurotically picky woman would fare in the online dating sea. Apparently, the response was surprisingly positive.
When looking for love, most singles leave no stone unturned. There are more and more creative ways to meet men—speed dating, singles rock-climbing, Facebook—but while online dating has made placing personal ads de rigueur, blind dates still get a bad rap. While no one wants to listen to their dental hygienist's neighbor's son snort laugh through dinner, a thoughtful setup—done right—can get you a pleasant evening, and maybe the love of your life.
If you're sick of meeting meshuganas online and you're ready to find a real mensch, then JDate.com wants you to stop kvetshing and join their international online dating community of over 650,000 Jewish (and many non-Jewish) singles. While JDate was created in 1997 to help Jews find their besherts, singles of every faith are finding JDate to be a real brocheh.
Sugardaddie.com has helped thousands of Sugar Daddies share the fruits of their labor with Sugar Babes in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia since 2002. A Sugar Daddie/Babe relationship is a "close, yet non-committed relationship with an affluent man who is a mentor/benefactor or friend to a woman," says the site. If users seek men or women as rich in romance as in, well, riches, they can say so on their profile, which include photos and standard stats such as age, location, and occupation.
Many young, single people of faith are tired of soulless bars, meaningless speed dating events, and the manipulations of secular online dating. They know what they care about, and they feel they run the best chance of meeting their soul mates if they go to places where their souls are nourished.
...all brighteyed and bushytailed, I earnestly asked a boy who had verbalized (sober...in my bed....snuggling me) boyfriend/girlfriend relationship status, and what happened? Request ignored. After a few days, I decided to find out if it had been lost in his mail or something. "You didn't approve my in-a-relationship request...?" I ventured. Visions of the guys I know without any definitive relationship status whatsoever online, who cheat on their out-of-town girlfriends because local girls are none the wiser, danced in my head. "I...just...don't like...being public about stuff," he mumbled. Harrumph. Okay, not really the I-like-you-and-I-want-everyone-to-know-it enthusiasm a girl needs.
Fitness-singles.com is a niche online dating site launched in August 2003 to help single fitness fanatics find each other--without letting their passion for flying trapeze or football, rope skipping or rollerblading, paint-balling or Pilates, get in the way. It's free to create a profile, which includes your top three (of 97) primary fitness activities, as common as jogging and as extreme as ultra-running. While there's room to select additional activities in an extended profile, there is little room for modesty. Profiles include a section for appearance scaled from "Average" to "Stunning!" and a place for best feature, with a choice of 16 body parts and a "You decide" opt-out. While users can pick only one favorite feature, they can post up to 16 photos. That's one for each favorite part. Phewf.
It took a handful of Harvard alumni to create OKCupid, a site that uses math, psychology and a series of questions to derive a percent compatibility among its members. There's no fine print, no cost and no need for an Ivy-league degree to answer these brain-busters, and the more you answer, the higher your potential match percentile can be.