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Lately I've been getting inundated with "winks" from several women at True.com, I'd say somewhere in the 15-20 range in the last 3 days.

The thing about true.com is that the membership is $45/month, and frankly that's just too much for my level of participation. And to be able to respond to any of these women would mean that I'd have to purchase a membership.

Thing is, I don't fit the profile of what any of these women are looking for. I suspect that it's a marketing ploy to get me to spend a chunk of change, and that pisses me off.

I suppose it goes with the territory, but I'm becoming rather disenchanted with the whole thing. It's like the time I tried a chatroom and got hijacked by a 'bot.

And really, I get the distinct feeling that if I'm going to meet someone, it will be a live meeting through friends, rather than an online thang. It has to be better than "I'm 36 years old with 4 kids and a GED living in a trailer park in Cokato, and I'm looking for a man to take care of me".

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alcippe
Sep. 21st, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ug. Online dating is such a drag. After three failed attempts I put the whole sordid mess behind me and just accepted chronic single-dom. It really took the wind out of my sails. And yet I keep hearing these stories about happily married loving couples who met online... it totally mystifies me. Maybe that's a marketing ploy as well...
magicmarmot
Sep. 21st, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
I think that online dating can work if you lead a fairly mundane life and you fit within statistical norms. I don't think either you or I fit that category.
purplesquirrel
Sep. 21st, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
I think that a lot of those winks are bogus. They're from the moderators at the site. I've gotten several too. None of the women live anywhere nearby, nor do they fit my interests or I theirs.
magicmarmot
Sep. 21st, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Maybe they think they're actually performing a service by "kindling" some interest. All it really does is annoy me.

Am I too picky?
purplesquirrel
Sep. 21st, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
I think that it's deliberately misleading and therefore fraudulent.
mle292
Sep. 21st, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
Predatory motherfuckers
That does sound like a shill and I'd bet that you're right.

As you know, I have recently had as much sucess as can reasonably be expected with "online dating" (even though I'm not mundane, thankyouverymuch), but that was on a free site.

I have come to the conclusion that the pay sites are deliberately preying on the hopes of lonely people, which makes them evil.
magicmarmot
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Predatory motherfuckers
True, you aren't mundane. But I didn't realize that you had success from a dating website; I for some reason thought you were hunting your prey carefully.
mle292
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Predatory motherfuckers
Yikes! I'm not sure what that means and I'm a little frightened. ;)

I met someone that I've had a few very nice dates with. From here on, it's as much of a crapshoot as meeting someone through friends.
magicmarmot
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Predatory motherfuckers
Very cool!

Damn, now I'm going to have to revise my opinion of the dating sites and success...
mle292
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Easier to unload with a pitchfork
Except that I think that women have a MUCH easier time of finding someone compatible, there just are so many more men than women.

Women who think geeks are hot probably have an extra advantage.

When I did my search, there were only about five or six people close enough to my age, and compatible enough by interests that were worth looking into. I think that it'd be even harder to find women if someone wanted to date someone a little unique.

And I probably rejected a dumptruck full of Christians.
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