I’m a single guy in a small town. Since there aren’t that many places to meet single women, I’ve decided to try online personal ads. I’d heard a lot of hype about them - not just the testimonials (which say nothing about the odds of my having the sort of success stories those people had) but a handful of news articles about them, saying they’ve gone pretty mainstream now. So I set up a profile, registered, found some profiles of women who looked like they might be good date material, and sent off a few emails.
However, the response rate I’ve got has not been particularly encouraging. I’ve emailed 25 different women. One got as far as a phone call, but from that it didn’t look like things had much promise. That’s a result I can live with - if that happens often enough, sooner or later one will be interesting enough to take things further. I’ll list the next results in order of increasing weirdness. There was one who replied but turned out to be currently going to college about 100 miles from the home town she listed in the profile. Then there was one woman who might have been interested, but it turned out she was in the military and her unit was going to the Middle East next week! Lastly, one woman who had claimed to be in a town near me in her profile actually turned out to be in Nigeria… and didn’t take then news that I was not interested in a long distance relationship very well. I’m not sure if she was the latest wrinkle in the infamous Nigerian internet scam or just looking for someone to pay her way out of the country, but that’s just plain wierd.
And the other 21 out of the 25 I emailed, just didn’t respond at all. The site I was using lets me see if they have viewed my online profile, and most of them did not even check that, so at least I can tell that if something went wrong with my approach it was in the email and not my profile. 25 emails and only one who was in the area and able to talk to me is not encouraging results. I’m trying to figure out if I’m doing something wrong and could improve my response rate, whether this is typical and I should just keep trying longer, or whether I should just start looking for a new approach.
In case you are wondering about the emails I have been sending, no, I don’t announce that I am a mad scientist seeking a lab assistant to help in my grandiose plans to take over the world. I usually send an email with a couple paragraphs explaining what encouraged me to contact them and a few questions about their interests. I don’t usually suggest any particular date activities.
I’m trying to figure out if my experience is normal or what.