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Of course, creating the persona and making a checklist of the ideal man was the fun part.What happened next was more difficult: giving a stranger – in my case it was Dating Buzz – permission to launch your personal thoughts and romantic wishes into cyberspace for any site member and their friends to scrutinise with glee or malice.It's akin to someone posting excerpts of your diary on Facebook only to hope you at least get some "likes". The South African online dating industry is much smaller than its international counterparts. Most sites operate on a "freemium" basis, making it free for members to sign up and browse profiles until they want to contact and message someone, in which case a paid subscription comes into play.This varies between R80 and R150 a month depending on how many months you commit to., "81% of online daters provided inaccurate data on their profiles regarding height, weight or age".Recent statistics coming out of the US seem to support this, adding "income" to their list of exaggerations for men and "physical build" for women.
' I have to confess, I absolutely love my life. " It's not often you get to quote your online dating profile's personal "narrative".Using a "matching algorithm" to determine compatibility Pete decided to start the conversation with a disclaimer: "Before you read any further.I know that we are not 100% compatable [sic] but I just needed to say the following to you." The "following" was a long metaphor that found the most unusual ways to compare surfyogi with an angelic being – from the high school standard, "I thought angels only excist [sic] in heaven", to the saccharine, "hell the men in your town must either be blind or gay to look past a beautifil [sic] smile and angel face like yours." Hell, I wanted to tell Pete that our compatibility pretty much ended with his misspelling "compatable" but instead I let him work out what the site's "matching algorithm" took only seconds to calculate – that we were never going to live happily ever after.I didn't bargain for the attention or "hey baby" talk that came with it. I realise this was not a great option for someone who was actively searching for an online dating experience.It all made me feel like raw meat dangled in front of hungry prey. But I was also somehow not yet convinced that I wanted to be inundated with people like Pete either.