With all of its publicity for drugs, pay-for-sex ads, and quick hook-ups, many of the ads today in the personals section of the site include both men and women not looking for random “friends with benefits”, but are looking for love. An anonymous source, who is one of the many millions of people posting personal ads on Craigslist, has stated that she has used Craigslist as a source of finding dates for over two years.“I’ve never had a problem meeting people on Craigslist.I couldn't help it; his email was password was just too easy to crack. To my horror, he had placed a singles ad on Craigslist. I'd like to say I didn't sit home feeling sorry for myself, but, of course, that would be lying. But at 36, it seemed every cute or kind man near my age was married with children. Sure, Craigslist has had its share of troubles (the Craigslist Killer comes to mind) but I'd be using the online personals section — which is for legitimate dating — and not the "casual encounters" section — which is just what it sounds like. To summon my courage, I got in touch with my inner Angelina Jolie, imagining myself sweeping across the globe on humanitarian missions with a tall, handsome, loving, financially-secure humanitarian at my side. I'm tired of people telling me that I care too much. I've never married and have been holding out for you, perhaps.I'd heard it said that the older you are, the harder it is to start over, and the fewer the decent, eligible men there are. I was starting to feel like an overripe piece of fruit on a tree, about to rot. Eventually I got sick of throwing myself pity parties; I had to try something. We'd save the world and love each other, maybe even start a family. I invented an email address for myself and posted my ad: LOOKING FOR A HUMANITARIAN. I'm looking for some one who "gets it" — you know, someone who loves to do all he can to make the world a better place, wherever he is. I see myself as empowering and helping such an individual on their path to heal the world with positive energy and possible romance. We can keep each other going — keep each other idealistic and focused on what matters most. In the days that followed, emails began dripping into my inbox." But while Craigslist can seem sleazy, desperate, and even dangerous, writer Katherine Sharpe at n 1 points out that at least users are being honest, unlike the folks with their primped pictures and rehearsed lines on Match.After all, how many people, she asks, can be "laid-back" and "not take themselves too seriously"?
One woman takes the plunge and returns with advice. My fingers hesitantly pecked at the inbox, and suddenly, I was reading my recent ex's email. I wondered what would happen if I posted a wish list online.Are you taller than 5'9, single, white, straight, and younger than 45?Are you kind, somewhat handsome, healthy but not health-obsessed, not a user or a hater?People there are anything but afraid to ask for what they want: "Looking for a fun woman to experiment with who likes Gossip Girl!" "Relationship in exchange for financial help." "Let's get married this year!