“Online dating has come a long way. I remember back to the days where meeting people through Craigslist wasn’t uncommon (not casual encounters either) and online dating was randomly messaging people through AOL instant messenger.
I’m using SKOUT, where you literally have instant thumbnails for people in your area. I’m not sure how dating could get any easier, other than working the door at the Playboy mansion. SKOUT was quick to download and took minimal time to set up a profile. I’ve spent hours honing online profiles and found that it doesn’t get you much further than a photo and some quick details. SKOUT has clearly figured that out. I like that it’s based on geography, because living far from someone in LA is a deal-breaker for me and most people I know. Other sites only limit you to 25-mile minimums unless you pay for the service, so you’re including people in territories unknown.
The one thing I didn’t quite understand with SKOUT is the coin/point system – where’s the free Ms. Pacman game? I figured the ever-changing ads would be sufficient. Although I don’t have any good news to report with the two women I messaged, I feel the talent is much better than other free dating services I’ve come across.”