Will Meetup.com kill online dating?

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Registered: 05-23-2008
Will Meetup.com kill online dating?
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Sun, 12-18-2011 - 2:20am

A couple of weeks ago, a good option opened up for me... a meetup group for singles which isn't about hanging around in bars. The people at the group's 1st potluck were all really cool and easy to talk to (there were more than 40 people there), even for someone like me who needs a little breaking through. I'm definitely going to their after-Christmas bash. The organizer is one smart dude... he knows what's hip. He could tell right away that I need a woman who's not afraid to make the 1st move (and FYI I never cared for submissive women).

And... before that, in my infinite wisdom, I took over 3 dying meetup groups for singles from organizers who didn't want to run them anymore... I merged them into one group and after the holidays I'm going to re-structure it into a group called Singles Who Make Things and see if that flies.

The bottom line... my profile is still on PoF, but to me it's on the back burner. If the women on PoF aren't interested in me just because I look fat in my pics, well I'm not going to feel gypped because that's not my loss. I've learned you don't need to pursue a catch if you can BECOME a catch.

Then out of the blue a couple days ago, I get an e-mail from the guy who organized the potluck, saying that some casting agent is looking for people who are in a dilemma of some sort... so after a bit of voice mail ping pong, I explained to the agent that I'm currently going through more of a bottleneck than a dilemma (to wit, cleaning up my house and property and taking on 3 new jobs)... my only real dilemma is whether I should start dating before I'm done dumping all my old baggage. She said she'll let me know whether my situation is appropriate for their show... especially since 44-yo male virgins are not exactly growing on trees, if you catch my drift. :smileyvery-happy:

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Registered: 09-12-2005
Mon, 12-19-2011 - 9:14am

The biggest advantage of online dating is a seemingly easy access to many single (supposedly) people. So I don't think it will ever be replaced.

I totally prefer meeting people in real life, it's just more natural then starting communicating with another single person trying to size him up from the beginning. But from time to time, I take a chance and there seem to be a good number of nice guys (my age bracket is 32-41).

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