Living in Gramercy, I have received more flyers and door knob hangers advertising the new website “Date My School” than I know what to do with. “Date my School,” or DMS as it is referred to, is a dating website used to “facilitate meeting of students from different departments within the same school and between different universities.” 

What’s interesting about this site is that it is exclusive to a select few institutions such as Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and NYU. Since users need an active school e-mail to sign-up, the creators claim this prevents “any weirdos, SPAM, SCAM or fake profiles.”

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This travelogue took a lot of self-control and focus to complete because I realized, on behalf of ‘research,’ that OkCupid is super addicting! I found myself in a blackhole I like to call ‘the man hunt.’ Without realizing it, I had wasted hours and hours just rating people, looking up matches, and reading ridiculous messages, pretending to be annoyed but secretly enjoying the attention I was getting. The reason I was so absorbed with the site was due to OKCupid’s “Quickmatch” service, where they show you a preview of possible matches – their photos, interests, basic information – and reveal their username (for further snooping or message initiating) once you rate them out of 5 stars. The cool thing about this application is that if you rate someone 4 or 5 stars and he/she rates you 4 or 5 stars too, both parties are notified of each others’ high ratings. Let the flirting begin!

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Turns out, being a girl on a dating website will get you a lot of attention – more attention than you’re normally used to. For (strictly) research purposes, I’ve reactivated my OkCupid account, which has been in a coma for God knows how long. Regardless of all the ‘attention’ though, I’ve had nothing BUT unsuccessful interactions on the site – oh, with the exception of a new friend (whom I’ve ended up using as one of my interviewees for this travelogue). I was happy to find that I had many resources for this project, surrounded by friends who were constantly looking for new ways to new people, the internet being the obvious and easiest option. Let’s delve into some of my friends’ personal accounts…

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Whatever happened to meeting a guy at a café? At school?  Through friends? I’ve recently noticed that many of my friends are finding their boy/girlfriends via the internet. Oh, what our grandparents would think. It seems that dating sites are the matchmakers of the 21st century, able to generate a list of ‘like-minded’ potential partners in your area with similar interests. RIP, Cupid. When my desperate single self had signed up for a dating site a couple of years ago, I used to receive countless messages like “Hey cutie, u like da beatles? ME TOO! Message me.” Wow, who doesn’t? Is that really the best thing you could have chosen to comment on, from my super witty profile? After testing the waters and realizing that I was swimming in a sea of creeps, I deleted my account soon after.

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