What’s a good dating site for literate, witty professionals in their mid-20s to early 30s? I was in a year-long relationship that ended a couple of months ago, and now I’m ready to meet some people and start dating again. Most of the more conventional avenues aren’t very practical, I’m finding, when you work 60 hours a week and all of your friends (and your friends’ friends) are in relationships or married. I’ve had experience with online dating, but not for awhile, and I’m having some trouble so far finding any kind of mutual interest at the site I’ve been frequenting. So I figured I’d expand my scope.
Here are the ones I’m familiar with: I’m on the Onion/Salon/Nerve network at the moment, which seems right up my alley (I’d had good luck there in the past), but isn’t working out at all so far. Match.com, in my experience, tends to be populated with people who dont punctuate (no offense to anyone who’s on there; it just doesn’t seem to be my cohort ). E-Harmony is labor-intensive and way too costly. Craigslist is iffy at best. And at 32, I think I might be a bit old for OKCupid and similar social networking places.
Anyone have any additional ideas? Or know a nice girl in the D.C. metro area?
Rather similar to here, actually. People have journals associated with their accounts, and others can comment on journal posts (if the person so allows). They’ve also recently started a message board, which I haven’t been reading, since I already participate in the best message board on the planet. There are IRL gatherings and outings amongst members, etc. Also, due to the rating system (based on your answers to various hypothetical and not-so-hypothetical questions), you mostly see info on people who are at least living on the same planet as you, which I consider an advantage. Plenty of Fish – another free site – seemed filled with illiterates, in comparison.
I’ve had a few dates with guys from there, none of which have actually gone anywhere, and have also gotten into pen-pal things with a couple of people. I’ve also made a new IM pal, a guy up in Boston who, it turns out, is a once and future Doper (he’ll be back when they get rid of PTP). I like the site and stop by there daily.
Well speaking from across the pond I guess my experience of dating sites may not be so useful, but I agree that in the time I’ve been on match.com I’ve not found it to be very successful so if you can find an alternative, do (which is a shame as the site itself is functionally very good, just doesn’t seem to be populated with people who are worth the effort).
I don’t know what its international reach is like but I’ve used the guardian.co.uk soulmates site and found it excellent, both functionally and in the number/quality of people I met.
The message board at OKCupid is not useful except for the forum concerning technical questions about the site. Venturing out of that part of it is not advised.
That said, OKCupid can be tremendously useful if you live in a location with a lot of users. It’s not so useful for me, since I live in the boonies, but it can be fun. It can also be a waste of time–just like meeting people elsewhere can be.
OKCupid’s rating system is fun, and based on the questions it asks you it can weed out people you’re never going to get along with. Because of this thread, I was goofing off on OKC some more, and it asked me, “‘Your a bitch.’ What bothers you more about the previous sentence?”
I answered grammar, and set it so that a good match must answer grammar too. I’m now reasonably certain anyone it recommends as a good match will not have a problem with mixing your and you’re, and also doesn’t mind a bit of swearing.
Okay, I know this is going to sound crazy but hear me out on this one. Go to craigslist. I know you are laughing right now, but I had 3 dates last week with men I met there and one of them was with a guy I really liked. We are going out again this weekend.
I have discovered the brilliance that is being intelligent and on CL. Most of the ads are, “Cum over and lik my pu$$y!” or “Do you swalow?” so when really intelligent, well educated individuals are looking through the ads and they find your witty, descriptive ad it is like finding a vintage Chanel dress in a yard sale. You just can’t believe you found something so incredible amidst all the crap! (And there are plenty of well educated people there…the guy I am seeing is an engineer and the last guy I met there was a web developer going to school for his masters degree.)
I put out an ad, got 15-25 responses, ignored all but 5, set dates, ended up going out with 3 of them and found 1 I liked enough to see again. Dating is a numbers game so get out there and start counting!
The trouble is that craigslist, in my experience, is very heavily weighted in favor of literate women, and not so much in favor of literate men. That is, my witty and descriptive ads have in the past yielded four or five responses rather than fifteen to twenty-five, one of which is inevitably spam, two of which are inevitably neither witty nor descriptive themselves (we’re talking grade-school level sentences here), another of which is inevitably some girl that I actually (and extremely unsuccessfully) corresponded with/briefy dated sometime in the past, and the last of which is someone who sounds interesting but who never writes back after I respond to them.
So yes, a potential grab-bag of wonders, but very few female equivalents of that vintage Chanel dress…and those that there are reputedly have their pick of dozens of guys. Craigslist is a fun place to try varying approaches, but I have almost no hope of success.
Regarding eHarmony: To be blunt, I’m not going to pay their exorbitant monthly fee (something like $120 for a single month, IIRC) just to be able to see the photos of the women it suggests as matches. If I had some assurance that I’d be interested in at least a couple of the people on there, I might pony up the money, but I don’t, so I won’t.
Plus I’m not crazy about the site’s discrimination against same-sex couples.