After friends encouraged me with stories of success, I tried one of the "closed" network online dating services. The initial attraction was that a trial was free. I also rationalized that completing a lengthy questionnaire about preferences, values and priorities would filter out those guys who just want a roll in the hay rather than an LTR (long-term relationship). Almost immediately one guy and I started exchaning information via the closed network system. In other words, no emails or phone numbers were exchanged. Communications were restricted through this "safe" network. The sytem "matched" us according to our profiles that were created from our respective responses to the questionnaire. Pretty scientific, huh? Not exactly.
After progressively revealing more information over the course of a couple of weeks, he abruptly ended our "safe network" communications. He had a lot of "pre-set" reasons to choose from but selected the illustrious: "other". Perhaps he was simultaneously juggling a lot of communications from different women. There could be countless reasons why he shut it down. Although I'll never know the "real" reason why communications were shut down, I just chalked it up to experience.
What, if any experiences and/or successes have you had with these "closed" network matching services? Do you think that only the "lonely" types who can't talk to people in regular social situations use these vehicles?
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