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ArtemusBlank  ·  378 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Facebook Dating Is On the Way With Five Gender Choices

I’m glad I don’t have to online date anymore because it was such a grind. It’s been two years since I did online dating and the last thing I wanted to do was try to date someone from Facebook. Facebook was always the last place I wanted to look for when it came to dating or casual sex.

user-inactivated  ·  378 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Online dating is a transactional system wherein you exchange your hopes, dreams and dignity for nothing. Absolutely Nothing in return. I'm so glad I abandoned online dating some 25 odd years ago and instead worked on building my career and happiness.

ArtemusBlank  ·  378 days ago  ·  link  ·  

What online dating was available 25 years ago? I'm curious as I was way too young for that.

user-inactivated  ·  378 days ago  ·  link  · started in 1993 IRC turned 30 earlier this year. Craigslist is 22 years old. CompuServe had personal ads. FidoNET of all things had personal areas. Hell, ALO chatrooms, and AIM were the Tinder of their time.

You start a way for people to talk to one another and they will use them to argue about politics, try to convert people to their religion and to fuck one another. Not exactly in that order, either.

kleinbl00  ·  371 days ago  ·  link  ·  

LOL in 9th grade they made every kid fill out a personality test and then for $3 (which went to DECA) they'd spit out a list of the 10 members of the opposite sex you were most compatible with.

You got a dot-matrix print-out.

That was '89.

johnnyFive  ·  377 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not quite that long, but my first relationship was on ICQ ca. 1998.

HeroicGomez  ·  373 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's more hopeless than ever now. 95-98% of the people on these platforms probably shouldn't be there, should probably focus more on improving themselves in a 'delete FB hit the gym' way than try to convince strangers to date them. Anyone attractive/likable enough either has high demands most can't/won't meet, or is quickly off the board.