For an example of the ramifications, consider this Q&A found on one service: Question: “What is my favorite indoor activity?”Available answers: Shopping, table tennis, sitting by the fire, reading, watching TV, movies, bowling, sex.You're really hitting it off, but the dude is basically a ghost. No one who online dates is "off the grid." He's hiding a dark secret (or he just has a girlfriend).2. And then suddenly you don't hear from him for 12 hours. Either his mom gets sick or he gets a flat tire or his mom gets sick again. Bailing eight times means he's hoping you'll send him nude pictures without him ever having to actually meet you.9. He's always complaining about the long hours he works, but he makes really good money, so it's OK. Everyone likes to talk themselves up when you first meet them, but he really forces conversations in odd directions just to get the chance to make himself look cool. Unless you are actually a giant baby, Benjamin Button-style, there's no reason for some guy you don't know to call you that. Either he's being really forward with you or that "thinking of you" text was only sent to you because he wasn't paying attention.4.Be careful about tucking sexual answers into otherwise nonsexual questions.Some of these answers are pretty funny in the context they’re placed, but remember that some people doing word searches don’t necessarily view your answers in the same context.
In one experiment, a few women who listed sex as their favorite indoor activity removed that tidbit temporarily from their profile. In short, what you write may not be what people see.Sure, I didn't know any better and for the first few months, every single person I met was like one of Liz Lemon's potential suitors (aka super hot but deeply weird, or not that hot but deeply weird), but the possibilities seemed endless! That said, it's still cool to leave at least one of those angles up in there. However, photos can also be used to showcase more of your personality, which is great if you're not as good at describing yourself as you are at taking photos of yourself doing awesome things with your cool friends. Just write what you'd feel comfortable sharing with a stranger at a bar.4.Seriously, it's like a catalog of people in your area who you could talk to if you wanted to. Sure, bars have that and so does wherever else people meet people, but online, all you have to do is send an email, which is like the coward's hello. So why wouldn't you give this easy-as-eating-pie method of meeting potential dating partners a shot? (Look, I can't help it if I look really great up close because it makes my eyes look like I'm in a Japanese cartoon). Or if you're like me, taking photos in a photo booth at a craft fair. Write about things your ideal person would respond to. If you wanna meet someone who loves Beyoncé, same thing! You're gonna have nights when you scroll and scroll and scroll and it'll be nothing, no one good, no one attractive, no one who wants what you want.Selecting sex as your answer, when in the context of a thoughtful essay, may not seem particularly provocative.The problem is, a subscriber can easily run a search for all people who are looking for sex.