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Old 08-17-2009, 09:46 PM
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Anyone ever try online dating?

I am now in a position to consider female companionship in the near future. My son no longer needs my daily guidance and my work will permit it. Plus, it's time to do something for me.

The bar scene in Deytroit is not a viable option neither is spending time lurking on college campuses.

There are a number of sites, so please pass any anecdotes, hints, suggestions etc. I am kinda serious about this and I don't want this thread hi-jacked for some other purpose.

Am looking to get some solid advice from anyone who has done this or prefers to give the advice by saying " I know this person who...etc etc etc."

I am not only asking for the wisdom of my confreres but also of my consoeurs, so ladies, please feel free to advise me.

All advice will be accepted except that of mail order brides from Estonia, no matter how earnest their expression and tight their dress is.

Thanks... I think, lol.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:36 PM
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Jeezuz man, you must really be on the mend.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:38 PM
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If I made my wife type this- would you pay more attention ? =)
Dont worry about women, if you want to give yourself a gift, buy a mercedes SL in good shape- even a cheap mercedes is cheaper than a woman. Take the time that you would spend dating/meeting someone to do some**thing**. Something like volunteering, ballroom dancing (lots of women there...), fixing stuff, community theatre, MBCA(?), tutoring/mentoring, local parks....
If you go out looking for "a woman" - thats exactly what you'll find - just a woman. If you spend your time doing something special, you WILL find someone special.

That being said, my best friend met his now-wife on eharmony, they have a 2 yr old and have been married 3 years or so by now....(they married after dating for 9mo...)

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Old 08-17-2009, 10:46 PM
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Plus, it's time to do something for me.
OR someone.

Online dating is really a misnomer. Basically it is a "weeding out" service, if you will. For example, if I am a devout catholic and she is an atheist, why go thru a date or two to find that out? The online services will have weeded her out of consideration so I don't waste my time. Also why bother to ask her out and all that if she is already taken or might not be wanting to date? Time saver is all it is.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:56 PM
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How old are you? I know some people who did/do it. They are in their mid 20s.
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:10 AM
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How old are you? I know some people who did/do it. They are in their mid 20s.
I'm not sure what age has to do with it other than the older generation is not as comfortable with a computer helping them select.
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:18 AM
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I haven't found a woman that I want to be my wife trough online dating... However, I found some that became cool friends that I like a lot. We hang out and do stuff together... Go to the other for advice, etc...
Avoid the mail order bride type of sites.... Most are broilerroom scams... One of my friends from ukraine worked in one of those situations...
If you want to meet someone for a foreign country, go to ICQ, and use the search feature where you punch in an age range and a country.... You'll get maybe one out of 10 that will be your friend... If they take a real interest in you, they'll try to play matchmaker... One thing I noticed about the girls that you do this with from the former USSR, they really try to help you find your other half....
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:15 AM
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Met my wife on Match.com

Dated for 2 yrs and married for 5. As much as I hate to agree with Aklim on anything, he is right about online dating. It is a good way to sort through people who are not a match. You can talk to them on line and on the phone before meeting and see if it is worth the effort or not.

I am not a party goer and work kept me pretty occupied this was a convenient way to meet someone. Not for everyone but I would give it a try. Just keep in mind, it may take a few frogs before you fine the one you want. So don't give up after one bad apple
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Met my wife on Match.com

Dated for 2 yrs and married for 5.

As much as I hate to agree with Aklim on anything, he is right about online dating.
Thank you very much. The wife has constantly ridiculed it and thinks it cannot work.

Why? Do you have to disagree with me on everything since we disagreed on a couple of things?
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Like I mentioned in your other thread I met my wife on Myspace.
Honestly I wasn't really looking for anyone though. I just thought it would be a good way to keep in touch with my children. Next thing I know I'm getting letters from tons of women.
But you have to be careful, a lot of people lie a lot about themselves.

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Old 08-18-2009, 08:15 AM
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Met mine on Match.com.

Aklim is right it helps weed out the 'wrong ones' and let's you concentrate on the ones that you find interesting.

Match also seems to weed out the scammers who 'really need some help getting out of Nigeria and back to the USA since they were taken to Lagos and abandoned by their old boyfriend'


The funny thing is I have met more women on Face Book than anywhere else. I have become friends with a few and have three new adopted sisters
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I'm not sure what age has to do with it other than the older generation is not as comfortable with a computer helping them select.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:34 AM
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I am getting started with this. The "weeding out" process is endless, fascinating.

This seems to be pretty much socially accepted to do nowadays.

A fascinating discussion board on this issue is eharmony.advice which is free, and I went to that one, and actually met real people in person there, all of whom are single and looking, and actually dated some and made a lot of friends of both genders too in the process.

A lot of REALLY good people are out there, but it is basically a numbers game with many people "poofing" (disappearing without a trace, on you)

EHarmony, and Match are the biggest paid ones. Plenty of Fish is free.


Try them, you never know. You can really meet interesting people. Works for ANY adult age. Just use some common sense and keep your wits about you.

Most of the females are divorced, and most of them have children, whether in or out of the house. A sprinkling of widows and never-married ones also.


If you sign up for them, ALWAYS include at least one good recent face picture, or else your response is close to zero. If you contact anyone, they will read your profile FIRST before they do anything, so make it interesting and unique.
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