Soooo... I joined PlentyOfFish.com yesterday. I know, I know, online dating ew perverts I know. Honestly, I've never been one to do this kind of thing, but I've heard good things about this site - my good friend just met her current and seemingly perfect boyfriend on there - so I figured it was at least worth a peek. And to my surprise, it's not that bad. Seriously. Given all the stories I hear, I was half expecting to be harassed by a bunch of ugly, divorced, older men. But so far, out the 30 or so messages I've received (not bad for a days work I think), I've only had one nasty old man, the rest were all relatively decent-looking young guys.
And what's really nice about about POF is that I can control who's allowed to contact me, from age right down to bad habits (ie: no smokers and no perverts looking for 2nd relationships or "intimate encounters"). I can even limit my suitors to only those with pictures! Which is great since that's half the work right there. But I think my favorite part of this whole thing is just reading the messages that these guys are sending me. I've got everything from trying-to-be-clever-but-actually-lame one-liners to full out requests for a date:
"So basically what your saying is you have layers like an onion, but when I get to your heart you wont make me cry will you?"
"I believe your the most beautiful girl in the world . You look like my dream girl to me what else should I say to ask you out on our first date?"
I mean really? One picture and thirty or so words about myself and you've decided I'm worth 2 hours and 50$? Sheesh, maybe I should date you… and get my car paid off while I'm at it. Oh, and then there are those who just don't know what to say, so they don't say anything at all:
"you sound interesting"Uh, thanks? Delete.
And I realize that that comes off a bit shallow but like, don't I kind of have to be in this situation? I mean, I don't get to hear the charm in your voice, or see the smirk on your face when I read your message, I just have words. And a picture. It's your job to make them response worthy. Telling me everything I want to hear is obvious, asking me out right away, desperate, and pulling a Hottiedude is just well, pathetic. I mean, would you really approach someone in a bar like that? I can't say what the perfect opener is, since it's different for everyone, but funny and a little quirky will no doubt beat out obvious, desperate and pathetic any day.
Anyways, I don't really know what I'm really getting at here, I'm just writing. One thing is for sure though, this whole online dating experience is hilarious, too good to keep to myself, so expect updates regularly...