Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Just Curious

So, perusing the internets tonight, I found myself on Craiglist in the personals section. Not because I am looking to meet some skank that way, but I'm curious as to what would draw someone to that type of connection in the first place.

I myself have never gone on the Craiglist personals, and was extremely intrigued by what I might find. Pictures of scantily clad women in sexy lingerie, offering promises of mind-blowing sex? Pictures of nice, cute girls, lonely and looking for love? Not so much. In fact, there wasn't even a picture to be found.

What would draw someone to go on such website, when there are so many other websites that offer at least photos, information, a little insight as to who the person might be? I'm certainly perplexed as to how someone could just log in, and what, randomly pick someone, based on what? "I'm cute, curvy, and live in Hoboken. Email me." How is that enough information to decide that you might want to meet someone?

I mean, I'm not a complete idiot. I get it, one wants to get laid, and fast. Ok, fine, but how do you even know who to pick? That is enough info to go on?

Has our society as we know it completely gone to shit? All for a little casual encounter with a stranger? Relationships have gone the way of shopping on Ebay. And it's fucking terrifying.

13 comments:

Ha Ha Sound said...

Yeah, the CL personals section is terrifying. Weird stuff in there. I think anybody worth meeting probably isn't posting in there. Then again, I know people who have, so... who knows?

I'm guilty of posting one or two Missed Connections, but it never amounted to anything. I got over it pretty quickly.

roopa said...

Dude, even eBay is better - items have photos and sellers have ratings so you know what everyone else who has shopped with them thinks of them. OMG, wouldn't that be awesome - feedback section for dating sites (hell, even Friendster or Myspace - I went out with John, and it turns out he was just trying to get in my pants and never called me after the 2nd time we hooked up - and it would be there for ALL to see! HA!)

DrunkBrunch said...

Roopa's idea is AWESOME.

I once experimented with online dating, very very briefly. It just wasn't for me. I mean, you're putting it out there... for all to see. It completely undermines the idea of feminine mystique. Ladies, don't forget about how important (and powerful) that asset is!

roopa said...

Holy shit, I think I've stumbled upon something brilliant. We need to start up a dating site that has a feedback section!

Clinton said...

My girlfriend and I (of nearly three years) met through Craigslist. I'm not saying that's the norm, I'm just saying it can happen.

The Brooklyn Boy said...

Ha. I've been browsing CL of late, under the principle of "It's there, so why the hell not take the chance?" I'll have to let you know how it turns out ...

brookLyn gaL said...

CL scares me because there's not enough info to go on- the person you meet could be a serial killer!

Also, Roopa, you could make a LOT of money with that idea. Seriously, you'd be the next [insert name of guy who invented myspace] or [insert name of guy who invented facebook]!

i like cheese said...

Haha---Missed Connections is different, at least you've gotten a glimpse of someone, you know what they look like, have seen them in person..

Roopa-ditto what everyone else said. You're brilliant.

DB-I don't have a problem with online dating, but it's not for everyone, I agree.

Clinton-I totally thought of you as I was writing this, because I know you met Girlfriend on CL...obvs I have my own personal reasons for hating CL but glad you had your happily ever after :)

BB-and I was just starting to like you ;)

Brooklyn Gal-I've met some serial killers that weren't on Craigs List, but thankfully they liked me enough to spare my life ;)

kristen said...

"i got dumped for a craigslist ho"

i like cheese said...

Kristen-Between Roopa's new dating website, and our t-shirts, we are all going to be MILLIONAIRES.

kristen said...

oh, and that dating feedback site -

http://dontdatehimgirl.com/search/

I know, for a fact, that the girl that dated my evil craisglist ho-ing ex did, infact, look on that site to see if he was on it.

then again, she was a CL ho herself, so...

i like cheese said...

Right! I couldn't remember the name of the site...I was racking my brain!

Colleen said...

our society has gone to shit. as also evidenced by people wearing pajamas in public.