A (Potential) Female Hipster’s Guide to Online Dating

26 Oct

So with Evan’s post as a catalyst, it was suggested that I, as a female who has never done this, should do an experiment with online dating to see how women are approached/treated/etc.

The first thing I foresaw was some stupid Matthew McConaughey movie situation where the sassy female lead is doing a study to screw with dudes and suddenly she falls in love with one of her victims. Yes I’ve seen How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days more times than I’d like to admit, but I blame my less-than interesting roommates who had terrible taste in entertainment.

Anyway, why not?
So I guess what I’ll be doing is keeping ongoing documentation for one month of my experiences in the online dating world. What I need is input.

Which site should I use? I have no money to spend so it looks like I have two options: okcupid.com or plentyoffish.com

What should I make my profile like? I figure after the discussions on Evan’s post I should probably just make it an honest profile with regular pictures and whatnot. Agree or disagree?

And is the time frame I’ve decided on good?

The goal here is to just get a glimpse into what it’s like, what will be really fun is that if absolutely no one expresses any interest in my profile! That will probably be the most positive outcome possible, and one I will be completely unsurprised by.

So that’s that, let’s see what happens. I will say that I’m a little nervous because this town is so freaking small that I’m more than definitely going to run into people who I either have seen, or even worse, know during this little experiment, which really makes me want to change my name but I guess I should just suck it up.
And what the fuck do I do if someone actually wants to meet me?! This has potential to get complicated very quickly…

I currently don’t have a computer because my power adapter broke, so I won’t be able to start this thing until next week, but perhaps that’s a good thing because I may need some time to mentally prepare myself for this one.

Give me your thoughts, fellow contributors!

2 Responses to “A (Potential) Female Hipster’s Guide to Online Dating”

  1. the self-hating hipster October 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    First of all, I hope you are able to go on dates with guys that have a better hairline than Matthew McConaughey.

    I suggest that you do okcupid. It’s free, the profiles are more detail-oriented, you have the potential to express yourself a little bit more. I think that you should be honest in your profile; that does not mean full disclosure, just honest.

    I feel that a month is a pretty good timeframe. Some people take two weeks to get back to you if you message them or what not. As you are a girl, I expect you to have more humor from inbox anecdotes.

    Online dating is inherently awkward as you will soon learn. Small towns make it tough. I went on a date with a girl that lives a block away from me. I saw her with a dog some months ago and hid behind the trunk of my car after saying “hi.”

    Let the dates begin!

    • marenamitchell October 27, 2011 at 1:50 am #

      Dates. This is awful.
      I’m having a Gob Bluth moment.
      I’ve made a huge mistake.

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