1 in 5 of ALL relationships start online.

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    May 13, 2010 3:00 AM GMT
    This match.com commercial just came on saying that 1 in 5 of all relationships have started online. This sort of depresses me because i've always been sort of anti online dating. Is it time for me to get with the times and set up an online account if i have hopes for a relationship?

    I've dated about 6 guys maybe 7 and i've met all of them at rehearsals, parties, through friends, you know the traditional way. Do you guys typically date guys you meet online or guys you actually meet?

    just wondering.
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    May 13, 2010 3:11 AM GMT
    Yes, all of them, except the one in Daytona, but that didn’t count.
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    May 13, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    Most of the people I currently know are people I met online.
    My three longest live-in relationships started in bars, before I had internet.
    My two FWB's have lasted longer than any live-in relationship, and I met them both online. The reason they've lasted longer is because I learned more about them online before meeting in person...no surprises.
    I met my best friend (non-sexual) in a bar.

    I consider the internet as an addendum to daily life, rather than a replacement. You can still meet people both ways.

    As far as the 1 in 5 thing goes, that sounds like marketing hype.
  • HOTWEILLER

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    May 13, 2010 3:35 AM GMT
    Online is the only way i meet guys *_*
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    May 13, 2010 4:45 AM GMT

    paulflexes said, "I consider the internet as an addendum to daily life, rather than a replacement. You can still meet people both ways."

    I think this is very very cool!


    -Doug
  • silverfox

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    May 14, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    I wonder what the definition of a relationship is according to match.com
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    May 14, 2010 1:50 AM GMT
    wrestlingguy saidOnline is the only way i meet guys *_*


    im the same way
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    May 14, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    traditional way all the way... everyone thats of interest online live out of state anyways. Besides, friends generally know what your looking for and people will lie over the internet. The best relationships i've had were the guys i've met through friends.
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    May 14, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    I've been online since the break up of my LTR >5 yrs ago. The only people I met online were only looking for hookups, camming, or cyber sex.

    I will say I met my trainwreck that way and have no regrets. But I have no illusions of meeting the real deal online.

    Never say never but after 5 years, I have a pretty good idea who's looking for what online.

    Color me cynical.
  • AsianInvasion

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    May 14, 2010 2:52 AM GMT
    Online is the only way for me. I'm too afraid to hit on any guys I see walking around because I don't have a gaydar except for the blatantly flamboyant bois who I'm not into.
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    May 14, 2010 2:57 AM GMT
    i have only had two long term relationships and i met both gents online....i personally would like to meet someone in public for once...this online thing i believe it just becoming too popular.
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    May 14, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    bigkevc said
    wrestlingguy saidOnline is the only way i meet guys *_*


    im the same way


    Ditto. I lost my virginity by setting up a booty call through Facebook. I kid you not!
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    May 14, 2010 3:02 AM GMT
    I think it may be a good way to meet guys especially if your in a rural area such as I am. But I think its just one way that you can meet guys. Some people make it their ONLY way and I think you should always keep other avenues open to meeting guys. I still think there is nothing better than meeting someone face to face whether its in a bar, or club, organization, thru friends or what have you.

    You can tell usually by meeting someone face to face in the first few minutes if your going to get along and "like" each other instead of reading about it someones likes or dislikes online.
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    May 14, 2010 3:07 AM GMT
    I've never physically met or dated anyone from online so I guess I'm still in the Stone Age.

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    May 14, 2010 3:13 AM GMT
    TMNT saidThis match.com commercial just came on saying that 1 in 5 of all relationships have started online. This sort of depresses me because i've always been sort of anti online dating. Is it time for me to get with the times and set up an online account if i have hopes for a relationship?

    I've dated about 6 guys maybe 7 and i've met all of them at rehearsals, parties, through friends, you know the traditional way. Do you guys typically date guys you meet online or guys you actually meet?

    just wondering.

    I found both my late and present partners online. But my longest other LTR (3 years) started with a gay bar pickup, when I hit on this guy.

    My approach online has been to find gay friends, not dates, not even tricks. When I was single I didn't even consider meeting a guy in person until we had first become online friends, chatted for months, exchanged pics, and spoken on the phone.

    Online is no different than walking into a gay bar: if you enter with the singular goal of finding a BF, you will be disappointed. If you enter looking for socializing, and chat, maybe friends, you will find those. And along the way, in time, your love may appear. That's what's always happened to me. I think it's a matter of not putting the cart before the horse.
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    May 14, 2010 3:20 AM GMT
    there are enough crazies out there that i would rather limit them to people i meet through mutual interests and activities. while i like that i've met friends on here from texas, california, washington, etc...still, there's no telling what they're REALLY like.

    call me old fashioned, but online is entertainment nothing more. i hold out little hope for having a substantial relationship from someone i've met online.

    of course, we could always meet...
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    May 14, 2010 3:34 AM GMT
    My partner and I met over the internet. 5 years, and half a country, later we're still dealing with each others crap. lol icon_rolleyes.gif
  • DrewT

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    May 14, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
    TMNT saidThis match.com commercial just came on saying that 1 in 5 of all relationships have started online. This sort of depresses me because i've always been sort of anti online dating. Is it time for me to get with the times and set up an online account if i have hopes for a relationship?

    I've dated about 6 guys maybe 7 and i've met all of them at rehearsals, parties, through friends, you know the traditional way. Do you guys typically date guys you meet online or guys you actually meet?

    just wondering.


    Well you can look at it the other way too. 4 out of 5 start other ways, probably in person.

    That leaves you with 20% online and 80% offline. That's a much better gauge showing that you don't have to date people you meet online nor resort to online dating if you don't wish to.
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    May 14, 2010 3:56 AM GMT
    In a related study, 4 out of 5 relationships ended because of cheating online!
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    May 14, 2010 4:17 AM GMT
    Its weird meeting people without knowing ANYTHING about them. icon_eek.gif Online would have to be the way to go. I do not like being put on the spot, because people don't handle rejection well.icon_lol.gif