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    Online dating

    What have your experiences been with online dating? Which sites have you used? Success and/or horror stories?

    It's wild how much the perception has changed around online dating sites in the last 5ish years. Last time I had any online dating profiles (tinder, OKcupid) was a few years ago and I remember some people were still weird about it. I met my last GF, as well as most of the people I briefly dated before her, through those sites. I remember one girl in particular that I went on a few dates with insisting that we lie to her friends about how we'd met.

    Now that I'm single again and decided to give it another try, it seems like it's become completely acceptable socially, almost ubiquitous among young, single people.

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    I tend to get drunk and power swipe right on apps like Tinder/Bumble.

    It's all a numbers game.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhawkz5 View Post
    I tend to get drunk and power swipe right on apps like Tinder/Bumble.

    It's all a numbers game.
    I tried that for a while last time around but found that I got too many matches from obvious fake profiles/prostitutes, especially on tinder.

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    Ummmm...yeah...I've got nothing to offer. I prefer the traditional eye contact, heart flutter, I gotta go see about a girl approach.


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    Never did it. Met my wife 7 years ago, so it was before a lot of online dating took off. Facebook was always helpful.

    But I would have killed a hobo to have Tinder back when I was at KU. That would have been awesome.

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    I unfortunately got wifed up before Tinder/Bumble ect was a thing. I really wish I would have had an opportunity to experience these apps/sites at their peak. Unfortunately all my single friends have told me that it is mainly fake profiles trying to extort money or escorts looking for johns. I honestly have very rarely heard success stories of rando banging like tinder is portrayed in tv/movies. I guess it is likely much different for women who could get some D pretty easily using these sites.

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    I've never had any luck on Tinder. Most of the guys on there are looking for someone to bang, not someone to date.

    I've had some decent dates on Match; but so far nothing that's led to anything long-lasting. Haven't tried any others.
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    I really don't think there is a stigma to online dating anymore...Once women became comfortable with the idea it was going to become more mainstream. With that said Its beyond me how people think that tinder is a place they can meet someone they want to DATE You look at a picture and make a decision on if you want to know someone solely based off of a physical reaction to their attractiveness. Online dating seems like anything else to me, you get out of it what you put into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    I really don't think there is a stigma to online dating anymore...Once women became comfortable with the idea it was going to become more mainstream. With that said Its beyond me how people think that tinder is a place they can meet someone they want to DATE You look at a picture and make a decision on if you want to know someone solely based off of a physical reaction to their attractiveness. Online dating seems like anything else to me, you get out of it what you put into it.
    Yeah, I prefer ok cupid for this reason. I like to see that a woman can form a coherent sentence and know that we have some interests in common before I spend the time and energy coordinating and getting together. I'm avoiding tinder altogether this time around, at least for now.

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    I went with "doesn't want kids" when filling out that part of the profile, yet I'm getting messages from women who already have kids and/or obviously want kids. Women truly do believe they can change men as they please.

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    Tinder during the Marines would have been Lit. I was born too early. Alas.
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    I could write a novel on this based on my brief stints dabbling into the app dating world. If you're at least somewhat attractive and (this next part is a must) a good "texter," it is fun (If you're very attractive, you don't need to be a great texter, from what I've gathered.) But it can be exhausting trying to keep up with multiple conversations and keep people interested. Generally speaking, people have very short attention spans on these apps, so it can be frustrating if you are a busy person who can't reply quickly.

    I haven't had the fake account problem described above. At least, it has only been a small percentage of matches, and you can tell immediately, so it doesn't bother me. Just be charming and don't try to become penpals before asking her/him for dinner or drinks. If you've exchanged several dozen messages, she/he is clearly interested (unless the content of the messages suggests otherwise).

    I've met a lot of cool people on Tinder/Bumble. My only problem is that my life is so transitory at the moment that it doesn't lead to something long-term (which isn't really what I'm looking for, at least not until next year.)

    Also, my profile writeup is pretty LOL. The first line is: "I have a boat. No, I won't take you on it."

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    Met my wife of three years on Match a little over five years ago. Being that I haven't been on any of these for roughly 5 years things may have changed, but I used various different dating sites on and off for about three years and my experience taught me that the free sites... Tinder, Plenty of Fish, Ok Cupid... were mostly fakes, scammers, hook ups or girls trying to score a free meal. If you are truly looking for something long term I would steer you towards E harmony or Match. I didn't use E harmony for very long because at that point they were really proud of their algorithms and would only let you communicate with people that they had selected for you. Match would make suggestions but you could also just browse. there were also far fewer fake profiles on the pay sites, and not nearly as many vacant profiles either.
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    I've been single about a year and a half now...tried out Tinder/Bumble, went on a few dates, wasn't exactly my jam

    I'm currently talking to an old flame from college, turns out she got divorced....she's 95% moving to Austin though, so if/when that happens, I'll probably give match a shot

    have several friends and my brother that have met their wives on match, I don't think there's a stigma about it at all these days

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    I will say that if you're on the free sites and looking for someone who's more interesting than your average basic bitch who lists travel as their main interest despite the fact that all they've done is go to Barcelona once in college, you'll probably have better luck on OKCupid than Tinder/Bumble. That said, you'll also run the gamut of a *lot* of women you probably don't want anything to do with on OKC.

    People talk about Tinder/Bumble as a place where people actually start relationships these days, but like...come on. It's still predominantly for hookups.

    Haven't tried Match yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ono View Post
    Never did it. Met my wife 7 years ago, so it was before a lot of online dating took off. Facebook was always helpful.

    But I would have killed a hobo to have Tinder back when I was at KU. That would have been awesome.

    This. At KU, I had two serious girlfriends. In between them was a fair amount of banging co-workers. After college the game became way more difficult unless weddings were involved. It's pretty easy to hook up at a wedding if you're a groomsman. But out in the real world, at loud bars or other social gatherings its harder to find date quality...at least here in KC.

    I was in New York in June and most of Manhattan is teeming with abundant talent. So all you single brahs should move to Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx before every single apt in NYC gets taken. Live with a bro-group and all agree that your bedrooms are private. I can't imagine an easier place for dating.

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    When a woman looks completely different in two of her photos, it's usually safe to assume that the worse of the two photos is more accurate, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Norris View Post
    I've been single about a year and a half now...tried out Tinder/Bumble, went on a few dates, wasn't exactly my jam

    I'm currently talking to an old flame from college, turns out she got divorced....she's 95% moving to Austin though, so if/when that happens, I'll probably give match a shot

    have several friends and my brother that have met their wives on match, I don't think there's a stigma about it at all these days
    Keep me updated on this.

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    I used to enjoy looking at the Russian bride websites until I notice some profiles used the same pictures. I've always wanted a wife that could nail the "Get moose and squirrel" accent but alas, the wife isn't in agreement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morningstarshiptroopers View Post
    When a woman looks completely different in two of her photos, it's usually safe to assume that the worse of the two photos is more accurate, right?
    As I see it, the rule of thumb is to assume that the pics you see are the best that person is EVER going to look. It's like that perfect Big MacŪ in the ad, but you open up the box and there's cheese and dressing and crap leaking sideways out of a soggy bun. When you finally set up the date, you're opening the box.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FrobozMumbar View Post
    As I see it, the rule of thumb is to assume that the pics you see are the best that person is EVER going to look. It's like that perfect Big MacŪ in the ad, but you open up the box and there's cheese and dressing and crap leaking sideways out of a soggy bun. When you finally set up the date, you're opening the box.


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    Well, we shall see. I'm "opening the box" tomorrow, though probably a small chance of a double entendre there since we're hiking and grabbing a beer afterwards. She was interesting enough otherwise, and the bad picture wasn't actually bad, just not nearly as hot as in the other picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrobozMumbar View Post
    As I see it, the rule of thumb is to assume that the pics you see are the best that person is EVER going to look. It's like that perfect Big MacŪ in the ad, but you open up the box and there's cheese and dressing and crap leaking sideways out of a soggy bun. When you finally set up the date, you're opening the box.


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    Also, if the young lass only puts up photos of her face then it's a relatively safe assumption she is on the heavier side.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FrobozMumbar View Post
    As I see it, the rule of thumb is to assume that the pics you see are the best that person is EVER going to look. It's like that perfect Big MacŪ in the ad, but you open up the box and there's cheese and dressing and crap leaking sideways out of a soggy bun. When you finally set up the date, you're opening the box.


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    Very nice girl, but you were totally right here.

 

 

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