QuoteOriginally posted by: DCFCi guess you must a total loser to use these servicesNever used them myself, but I don't have that problem with them.Dating is a grossly inefficient market, and I see no difference between using IT to make dating more efficent and using it to make bond markets better.Bars are not bad places to pick up women, but it's a narrow subset, and of course one can waste depressing time on those who areattached or profoundly not interested.The online dating market seems full of crooks, but one day someone with an acceptable level of integrity and a good matching system will make a great big pile of money.I recall how girlie bars in London were serious rip-offs. Tourists & foreign businessmen would be lured in, see nothing of any interest and be charged horrible amounts of money, and if they argued were threatened by large men.The embarassment factor meant few complained to the police.Then some smart blokes worked out that by not ripping people off as much, they could extract money from lots more people, and get repeat business. Essentially they found a way of getting rich whilst being surrounded by naked women. I have to respect that.The stigma against online dating has to die for it to work. I think that it has to be billed as something for the super-busy, not for the desperate.There are lots of inefficiencies in current online dating, and there's plenty of work to be done. If I weren't in grad school, I'd seriously consider launching a dating site, because there's so much room for improvement, which (of course) for an entrepreneur means opportunity. I've used online dating exactly twice. Once I posted a profile and didn't get many responses (this is normal for men). The other time, I contacted a woman. She was much older than I am (and I knew this) but other than that, really cool. I'm now friends with her and it's ambiguous whether or not it'll become more.I think that, once there is "faith in the market" for online dating, there's a lot of potential for it to take off. I don't think it's any more "loserish" than going to bars to meet people.