What do you all think of internet dating sites?
I've joined two of them in the past. In both cases, I ended up going out on a couple of first dates with women I didn't really click with, and never went on any second dates. I didn't keep the memberships more than a month or two.
I'm a fairly quiet guy, so I have a hard time meeting people. I guess every so often if I've gone too long without a girlfriend, I end up joining these sites to give it a try. I'm not sure if that makes me lonely and desperate, or if it's really a good way to meet people. But the fact that I haven't really had any luck in the past kind of makes me reluctant to try it again. On the other hand, you never know if you don't try.
The reason I bring this up now is that I keep seeing the TV commercials lately for chemistry.com, so I logged on to that one recently to see if they were any different from the others. They claim to analyze your personality more deeply, but after filling out their questionnaire, it doesn't seem that accurate to me. They show you the first five "matches" for free, and most of mine were smokers, which I'd already told them is a major turn off for me. So much for real deep analysis.
At least on the other sites I'd tried, that's one of the basic filter criteria when searching.
So I wasn't going to join the site, and I forgot about it for a week or two, but then I got an email saying someone was interested in me. And unlike some of these sites, they show you who the interested person is without you having to pay, but in order to contact them, you do have to buy a membership. Looking at this woman's profile, there's some potential there, though she doesn't jump out as being absolutely perfect for me or anything. But hey, she expressed an interest, so why not?
So I clicked the link to join the site, and it's WAY more expensive than I was expecting. The others I'd joined were only like $15-20 per month. This one's $50 for just one month, or you can get 3 months for $100 ($33 per month). They also have a cheaper 6 month rate, but there's no way I'm spending even more and sticking with it that long. I do have the money if I think this might be worth it, but I really wasn't planning to spend that much on something like this right now.
Sorry for the long rambling post. I guess I'm just trying to decide if this is a waste of time and money, or if I'm being overly cynical due to my lack of success in the past.