Adventures in the World of Online Dating

One of my OKC Profile Photos

I’ve recently started tweeting about some of the ridiculous messages I receive on OKCupid. For those of you who don’t know, OKCupid is one of the major free online dating sites, and it’s the main one I use.

In the past year, I’ve gone on dates with a total of nine people (and counting). I’ve had conversations with dozens more. So I thought it might be fun to blog about my experiences in the online dating world for those who are curious about it, or who do it themselves and need a place to commiserate.

Now, I’m no newbie to online dating. I’ve been doing it for a long time. My longest relationship to date was with someone I met on OKCupid back in 2007 when I first joined the site. He was only the second person I met, so I got lucky. I was inactive (obviously) while we were together and went back on after the relationship ended.

I’ve probably squeezed about a lifetime’s worth of dating into this past year, and I’ve met most of the types you’ll generally run into (more on that in a future post).  I’ve seen a lot, and feel relatively comfortable calling myself an online dating expert. But I don’t intend to give advice. I just want to talk about some of the things I’ve experienced and some of the people I’ve met. And If I dated you, don’t worry – I’ll change your name.

As a little treat for reading this not very exciting introductory post, here are a few real messages I’ve gotten from people on OKCupid recently, along with my commentary on them:

“hi do u think i’m cute?” [He wasn’t.]

“Hi, I’m Thor” [Hi Mom and Dad, I’d like you to meet my new boyfriend, Thor. Oh, and we met online.]

“You’re cute.” [He gets brownie points for choosing the correct version of your/you’re. Believe me, that’s rare.]

“Hiii ;)” [Friendly enough, but lacking substance. And I’m not sure I appreciate the implications behind that winking emoticon.]

“Hello there how are you? Just wanted 2 say hi Hope u Enjoy your day n Thank U 4 the beautiful view” [No comment necessary.]

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If you use online dating, do you ever get messages like these?

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