At 36, he’s the youngest of the bunch (others range up to 60).
After all, according to marketresearch.com, the dating services business is now a .1 billion industry in the U. alone, with niche websites gobbling up ever-larger slices of that pie. One woman waited for her first date with a man she’d met online, sitting at an outdoor table at the appointed place and time. Readers of my early ’00s newspaper column emailed me with hundreds of horror stories, and sometimes their experiences would bring tears to my eyes.Most were apparently designed by an 8-year-old with a Mac from 1992, back when animated GIFs were cool and a rotating smiley was the pinnacle of innovation.) The gist: This one seems reputable, if a bit skewed toward 40-year-olds who like swimming with the dolphins. The bad: Non-paying members can only send one of 13 short, canned messages, like “I feel a nice connection with you after reading your profile.” The bizarre: Verdict: There are only seven guys in Seattle between the ages of 25 and 35 whose profiles include a photo.It’s free to join and browse, but paying for a one-month membership means you can actually (gasp! Five users express interest in me, but only one is on the West Coast, a vegan ecologist/drummer who lives several hours away.Success depends on honesty, active participation and courtesy.