Using dating websites to find friends

I carefully made sure to list all of my favorite movies ("The Royal Tenenbaums," "Breathless," "Annie Hall"), my favorite TV shows ("Community," "Girls," "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," "Louie"), my favorite bands (LCD Soundsystem, Matt & Kim, the Magnetic Fields), my favorite authors (Jonathon Franzen, Joshua Ferris, Jane Austen, those are just the J’s). I think I had some weird fantasy in my head that I was going to magically be matched up with someone on the site who shared all of these interests, who would encourage my shopping and drinking habits and force me to take up Pilates with her, who would be pretty but not threateningly so.

I also listed all the activities I do (baking, shopping, drinking) and the activities I totally plan on doing one day (tennis, yoga, running). Basically, the personality of Emma Stone with the face of Emma Stone’s unknown cousin. I’m not saying this because I’m hung up on looks, I’m saying it because if I met Emma Stone’s face I wouldn’t be able to befriend it, I’d have to marry it.)And she would totally live right by me in the middle of nowhere!

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Basically, how it works is you fill out your profile, including a picture and what you’re looking for/why you joined the site, and then you can see other women in your area.

If you find someone who you think you might want to hang out with, you can send them a “friendship match” or a message.

It’s exactly what you think it is--a cheat sheet for meeting friends in your area -- and it’s free, easy to sign up, and only for women.

Of course, there are downsides; but I’ll get to those.

So it was with both trepidation and excitement that I signed up for a platonic dating site: Girlfriend Social.

I heard about it in the comment section of this article and signed up that day.

From there, I guess you would either talk online or meet up in person, but I haven’t made it that far yet.

My preferred method of approach is to click through dozens of profiles, eliminating each one for various reasons (too far away, 30 years older than me, spelled night as “nite”). I think one problem with trying to catalogue-order a friend in this way is that it’s too easy to look at their profile and make snap judgments before ever meeting them or even talking to them.

I found one person on the site who lives in a nearby town; everyone else was at least 40 minutes away.

Of course, if you live in a highly populated area, this might be worth trying out.

When I happen to meet someone in person, I’m not going to know their age or spelling abilities right away; instead, I’ll notice their cute sense of style or enjoy the joke they just tossed over their shoulder at me while waiting in front of me in line.

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