Let me preface this with the fact that I have nothing against online dating.
Online dating is a great way for busy or introverted people, or those with weird schedules, or just those who want to meet new people outside their current circle and local haunts, to find romance or a hookup or a husband or wife or friend with benefits.
I know several people who’ve met spouses or long-term loves through online dating, and that’s rad.
However, there are a few online dating sites that are just really, really f*cking terrible places to find love, romance, sex or just a decent human being. If you’re looking for a relationship that won’t end in heartbreak, murder, or just a whole lot of therapy that you probably wouldn’t need otherwise, make sure you do everything in your power to avoid the following online dating sites.
Steve Harvey developed Delightful, an online dating service for women to make them “more dateable.” Right. Because women are the problem, not men who have been divorced twice, married a woman with whom they cheated on their second spouse, and think mustaches are a good idea. One Delightful plus is that, like Tinder, it shows you matches as soon as you log in. When you see these matches, you can click “Yes,” “No” or “Maybe.” There’s also a live chat element, which is handy but not always a great thing for men with a questionable grasp of English, or just have no message game at all. If my month-long membership with Delightful were almost up I would not renew it. I’m all for self-improvement, but I couldn’t take much more of Steve Harvey’s constant reminders about what could be wrong about women’s dating habits and why they need to change.
If you want someone else to pay your bills or buy you a purse in exchange for your company, along with added but unwritten expectations of sexual favors, fine. That’s your business, and usually not the norm. But know that this is basically glorified prostitution, which is illegal in most places in the United States without a few loopholes and clever language. It’s also pretty dangerous when both parties have different levels of power within the relationship, as well as being really sketchy if the dude is married (and most of them are). If you want an older man to pay your bills or buy you a purse just because you’re adorable and don’t necessarily want to have sex with him, just nag your dad.
When you have an STD, dating can be awkward and rough. Instead of struggling to tell people about it, why not join a site that exclusively caters to people who have the same issue? I mean if you want to talk about it, go for it. But I will not be joining this weird site. Anyways, Dating With Herpes enables single people (with herpes) to meet up without having to do “the talk” later on.
It’s quite possibly the saddest thing on the Internet: a dating website dedicated entirely to ugly people. Granted, at the most basic of levels, the site could be a useful tool, but watching people degrade and categorize themselves as ‘ugly’ is all sorts of sad. The fact that the site is basically for only ugly people, I just hope you never have to sign up for this sad, sad website. Like, maybe just buy some makeup?
Tryna get faded or are you faded? Check out this site, its pretty self-explanatory.
There’s rushing things, and then there’s Marry Me Already. If you’re looking for the shortest engagement ever, Marry Me Already is designed for men and women who are tired of looking for someone to marry and just want to get on with it. The premise doesn’t sound so bad – those looking for marriage should be able to find like-minded people – but the name of the site itself is so pushy and creepy that even people looking for marriage will probably get scared off. I mean if you’re on this site there is reason why you still aren’t married. Stop being weird, and find someone who likes you.
Luxy describes itself as “Tinder without poor people,” which essentially makes it “Tinder with more snobs, more gold diggers and more ass*oles.” So basically this is a site for the poor people, weird. According to the app, its “successful and attractive” members include CEOs, pro athletes, doctors, lawyers, investors and celebrities. To break into this exclusive dating pool, anyone could sign up and convince my dates that I was one of them. Basically this means nice things for you, and a sleepover for them.
This is for the cat lover. And that’s all I want to say about this weird website. (Dogs are better).
If you’ve ever had a friend with allergies, you know that a certain set of rules apply when they come around. You can’t eat peanut butter around Taylor, you can’t offer pineapples to Jessica, and so on. Singles with food allergies is specifically for singles with food allergies. They’ve even come out with some prize taglines, like “Dairy-free and dynamic” and “Celiac and sexy.” It’s always good to have a sense of humor about these things. The site promises to help individuals around the country to “date, communicate, and develop lasting relationships based around the food allergy lifestyle.”
Are you a soldier, nurse or pilot? Or do you just have a thing for a man in uniform? Whether you wear one yourself or like those who do, you can connect with singles in pretty much any type of uniform at the click of a button on UniformDating.com. Click away to find your bae lookin’ floosy in his Tux.
And if you dare choose to check out any of these awful sites Here a few ground rules to keep in mind when you’re having conversations.
Make the first move
Sending the first message shows that you’re interested, not desperate. If you see someone you like, reach out to them. If you wait too long, someone else might swoop in.
Make each message unique
It’s hard to have quality conversations when you blast the same message out to everyone. Take the time to make each message unique to that particular person.
As you start to exchange messages, you may feel pressure to try to win them over. Save that for the date. Use your messages as a time to get comfortable with each other.
Anyways, good luck out there with your next catfish. In the mean time, if you’re looking for a new casual sex dating website that does promise quick hookups and casual sex, then check out justbang.com. Like the name sounds, it’s a dating site specifically geared towards people looking to “just hookup” or have a sexual relationship with less emotional and long term commitment of something more main stream.
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