Online dating sources
at the odd end of the dating pool."Our resident dating expert Tim Seppala prefers OKCupid, as do several other Engadget editors. "Well, it's free, and it doesn't feel gross -- unlike " The large number of users and messages is a plus, though Tim added that "the overall user population isn't the best in my area, and there are a lot of people who are 'very hesitant' to meet someone in person."Instead of making a long-term subscription commitment and regretting it, why not start with a free site?
Another well-known, mobile-only site is , aimed mostly at people looking purely for sex.
The concept of meeting in cyberspace predates the World Wide Web.
The oldest dating site that's still around is Matchmaker, which started as a dial-up BBS in 1985 and ran on a Radio Shack TRS-80 with modems (above).
Once you're ready to contact someone, adds that it's best to keep messages cool and casual. You'll have to give a lot of frogs the ol' cheek turn.
Coming on too strong, while occasionally amusing, is off-putting. Here's an example of a date gone wrong from our own Tim: "I went out with a really cute girl for three weeks, and then she suddenly tried passing me off to her (much less cute) roommate. The bad news: Online dating (or any dating) has a seamy side, and women especially need to beware.