You may even find that online dating isn’t right for you – if that’s the case, all the better to find out without investing much into the process.
Free sites generally offer more flexibility for different types of relationships, including casual hookups and same-sex relationships.
In addition to "This Cougar is looking for her prey" and other bootylicious come-ons, lonely hearts are now headlining their posts with more somber come-hithers, such as "its a gloomy time of year and im not talking about the rain" or "need hot girlfriend, will provide food."Whether they charge by the month or accept free posts, online personals websites are experiencing a major boost, even if their users seem to be scaling back on the cost and quantity of their actual dates.
"There's creepy people out there," says April, a medical coder from Lena, Illinois.
"Online, they are complete strangers, and they can lie to you about anything and everything." Plus, she points out, her mother "hadn't dated in years and years and years." Susan eventually quit online dating -- after too many miscues with men who, indeed, were not who they portrayed themselves to be -- and joined a singles club.
And that’s not me trying to be judgy or harsh here; it’s just the cold truth.
The world is full of creeps and dishonest human beings, and using these dating sites is a surefire way to seek those people out.
Being divorced for several years, I have tried my hand at online dating, experimenting with a number of different sites, and I know from experience that for someone new to the process, it can be rather intimidating and confusing.
You might be wondering which site is best for you, and if you should bother paying for a membership or not.The number of e users who identify themselves as 45 years or older and divorced has more than doubled in the past eight years, says Gian Gonzaga, senior researcher for the site, which has had 20 million members since it started in 2000.Registered users ages 45-64 jumped 9 percent from 2007-2008, Becky Teraoka, the site's public relations manager said. But despite -- or perhaps because of -- such relentlessly bad news, there's an up side -- for daters, at least.Craigslist personals postings and e registrations have each seen 20% increases in 2008.has seen an even larger spike; its memberships were 22% higher in December than they were in the same period last year.