In the current age of everything being at our finger tips, groceries delivered, online shopping (P.S. online shopping is key with my getting through the work day), online dating has swept DC gay men like WHOAH. I definitely know people that have had success in these methods of dating and are still dating these people that they met through match.com.. I also for better or worse know some of my more 'social' gay friends who use such Klassy sites (that's right, Klassy with a K) as Manhunt or gaydar for the use of finding temporary gentleman friends so to speak.
I've tried the online dating thing on two occasions... the first being when I first came out of the closet at the ripe young age of 17, now my HS was abuzz with the gays... funny enough most of them were on the wrestling team...coincidence? I think not. But I wanted to find some more gay friends and meet some nice gentleman, being all proper and such and so forth. So I decided to put a profile up on Planetout. Planetout to me seemed like a perfectly appropriate place to meet gentleman so I was definitely excited when a 28 year old messaged me and asked me out on a date.... did I mention I was 17?
So anyways he took me out to a nice dinner we go to a movie, then were in the car, going to where I assume to be his place and he no joke turns to me and says..... how much? I was confused so I returned with "How much what?" yeah he definitely thought I was a hooker and offered me money to stay the night with him.... yup made him stop the car on connecticut avenue and got the F*&k out of there. I understand that this is not the norm for online dates but definitely soured my experience from thereon in.
The second attempt was this year, as I was discussing random stuff with my coworkers we decided to have a contest, we all would make match.com profiles for each other (my two coworkers being a fantastic lesbian and a sassy sistah) and see how many winks/responses we got, and the winner got chipotle bought for them by the losers after a week. So we did that and each got to choose our own picture. Now my winning had absolutely nothing to do with my level of attractability or my winning smile...but the fact that the gays are on the internet like white on rice. Needless to say I went out on a couple dates with one guy who looked halfway decent, but due to my low attention span and no patience for BGD (big gay drama) that was over quicker than the jerry curl. So for me thumbs down on the internet dating...however it has supplied with an endless store of entertaining stories by my more adventurous friends who I've been regaled to on more than one instance at Gay church (Sunday Brunch).