IanC wrote:So guys, does anyone on here have any experience in online dating sites? Just wondering, for a friend, you know?
I've only ever used free dating sites. In my experience the people using online dating sites are either looking for casual sex, have difficulty initiating and maintaining relationships in real life, or are too busy with school or their careers to find time to meet someone offline. I met my current boyfriend on a dating site, and we both fell into the third category.
Any of those categories is fine, as long as you're honest with yourself and the people you meet about your motives. In my online dating history (using OkCupid and PlentyofFish) I've met up with five different people: one fell into the first category but acted as if he wanted a relationship, which was not fair to me; three fell into the second category in terms of being incredibly clingy, so I cut off contact with them without explaining why--which was, obviously, not fair to them. It's hard to be upfront and direct about this kind of stuff, for me anyway, but I think it's the only way to navigate the dating realm, online or offline, successfully.