After all, we each have only the 500-word text boxes and crappy jpegs and clever (not so clever) user names to show for ourselves. Maybe in this environment where we are safely sequestered behind screens, we can get past some of the lingering gender-based “rules” that dominate the “How to Catch a Man” playbooks of yore.

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It is a sad, soul-crushing place where good guys go to die a slow death by way of ignored messages and empty inboxes.

You will peruse profiles and find a few women who aren’t posing in a bathroom with their stomachs exposed.

You will look for things in common in their profile (they like Scrabble too! You will send them a note, carefully crafted to show interest and attention to detail. The next one will, but she spells “you” as “u” and you will let the conversation stall.

Finally, one of the cool girls writes back, and you will banter a bit, swapping favorite restaurants or concert venues.

Like most online dating sites, plentyoffish.com, offers an option for what’s referred to as “Intimate Encounters.” This particular option, as with most free dating sites (Craigs List for example), is basically a booty call for a one night stand.

Not that I’m particularly into this type of thing, but I have noticed that there are a number of discussions regarding the intimate encounters aspect of Plenty of Fish lately.

Also, I want to make it clear before I go any further that this site isn’t about getting one night stands from online dating sites, however, it’s still an interesting topic in my opinion, so lets talk about it.

The first big thing that caught my eye was this article in the News of the World.

The article describes a woman who is really into online dating, but not just any regular old dating.

She has gone out and slept with over 200 of her online dates!

You will ask her to meet up “in real life.” At the bar, you will chat nervously for an hour (she is not as pretty or as funny as you had hoped she’d be), and then you will be saddled with the check even though she ate most of the sweet potato fries.