So if you’re new to online dating, prepare yourself for disappointment.
If you don’t want to click the link, here’s a quick summary of the report: “Use some goddamned common sense.” Okay, so you probably figure you’re neither dumb nor desperate enough to fall for scams like these. Woo hoo, score one victory for the online dater, right? Hailing down on their own parade, Match admitted that the background checks may do little good.
And hey, mad props to you for being such an exemplary case of human savvy. As a site representative put it, while “these checks may help in certain instances, they remain highly flawed, and it is critical that this effort does not provide a false sense of security to our members.” Thanks, Match. Or was this a subtle “fuck off” to all your dissatisfied daters? Just be wary of the human scum you may come across. The person you meet may not be the person you were corresponding with.
And guys, if Mother Nature graced you with the splintered end of the eloquence stick, this man will be your online dating coach.
He will even pretend to be you throughout the entire communication process.
You see, businesses have sprung up around the idea that if you’re too busy – or lazy – to handle all the groundwork online dating demands, you can just hire someone to do it for you.
Here’s a company that will write your online dating profile, send emails on your behalf, and basically cover for your ass up until you meet someone for the first date.
y girlfriend and I met on e Harmony, so I’ll be the first to acknowledge that online dating can absolutely be a worthwhile experience. I dabbled with it for almost , and prior to Melissa, the most memorable thing I came away with was a tome’s worth of craptacular dating stories.
(Though, in that respect, I guess I do have e Harmony and Match to thank for my writing career.) Armed with years of slow-churned cynicism, I took to the internet to see if others shared my experiences.
This means that 19 out of 20 profiles on these sites are either past members who aren’t around anymore, or non-paying members who can’t respond.
OKCupid was acquired by Match in 2011, and that article has since been taken down (for obvious reasons).
Of course, putting something on the internet is kind of like catching herpes: once it’s there, it goes away. Now, given that OKCupid was talking some serious shit about their competitors, you’re probably thinking that article should be taken with a grain of salt. if not for the scads of other evidence that online dating sites do in fact juice up their numbers.