When you think of internet dating, you probably think about your best friend’s 59 year-old father and his many (failed) attempts to meet “the one” on Match.com. Even if we were dismally lonely, I highly doubt most of us would allow ourselves to get so far as to post our own profile for the viewing pleasure of a middle-aged audience. But what if the dating site was geared towards college students?
Now don’t get me wrong, people can still do shady s**t even if they are a 22 year old Dartmouth student. The first “dating site” I saw that was remotely geared towards college students was the Craigslist personal ad section. No offense to any of the upstanding gentlemen on Craigslist, but I think it’s a little odd to post an ad for yourself on the same site that you advertise the cactus that your roommate peed on at your last house party. Plus, as we all know, thanks to the “Craigslist Killer,” it’s not exactly the safest way to meet people.
So what’s a lustful but “sick-of-all-these-douche-bags” kinda girl supposed to do? Well StudentLove.com has the answer. (It may not be the right answer, but it’s an answer.) In order to join their dating site, you have to have an .edu email address, so it does a pretty job of keeping out the Scary Larrys. But just because it’s there doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a good way to pick up the hotties. Here is my oh-so-technical analysis of StudentLove:
Pro: You can see the guy’s picture before you go out with him.
Con: Sometimes you would just prefer to not to see a picture…
Pro: Members can search by state and by school so you can avoid the long-distance instant message relationship. (PS Does anybody actually do that anymore?)
Con: Stalking can become an issue when the guy that won’t stop sending you love haikus realizes that you go to the same school.
Pro: You can widen your dating pool by putting yourself on a more public forum.
Con: It’s just a tad embarrassing when your friends (not to mention your ex-boyfriend) find your profile you made describing yourself as a “Sexy kitten ready to pounce.”
Pro: You can find love that lasts forever.
Con: You can find STIs that last even longer.
**Confession: I was too weak sauce to actually make a profile, so I would love to hear your experiences with internet dating – good or bad. The funnier the better!