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‘Plenty of Fish’ provides plenty of chances at love

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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:00 am

Living that epic love story you’ve always wanted has become a mission since the only places one can look for love is at a party or bar. Needless to say, it’s slim pickings out there, mainly because those mingling in these alcohol infused settings aren’t looking for love, they are looking for the ever-so-easy one-night stand.

Being in college, we have all gone through the stages of being hopeless romantics and believing that maybe he/she is different only to face yet another failed attempt at a relationship.

In this day and age though, finding love is as easy as flipping through an online clothing catalog. Actually it is like flipping through a catalog of men and women filtered by location, personality, looks, age, past relationships and even zodiac sign.

Plenty of Fish is a dating website. It is one of the few, yet most successful, free online dating sites out there. Fairly new, it hosts more than 500,000 singles and surprisingly hundreds of successful marriages come from POF.

Just like any online dating site, you have to fill out surveys and create a profile. Its best feature is its “your relationship needs” and “chemistry tests.” These are what power the site because of its two dimensional approach. You are matched not only on what you are looking for but also on what you need, something many sites don’t have.

Looking for love can be daunting though, with so many liars on the Web, being careful especially on a site that is free and accessible to virtually anyone, is crucial.

POF does have a paid subscription option that gives you more capabilities on the site, like seeing who has read the message you sent them, or seeing who has said no to meeting you and various other little things that give you more insight on why you are being rejected but they are not very impacting to your success in finding your soul mate.

Extreme caution is advised if you decide to use the site because there are a lot of users seeking sex only and there are quite a few men and women just looking to pass the time teasing and standing you up.

POF has become a sort of culture amongst its users coining phrases such as “you’re on the boat” for new users or “going fishing” when talking to friends about your activity on the site.

You will learn quickly that you will receive many messages of men/women wanting to meet you, but be selective. You don’t want it to just another date and you don’t need any more entries in your little black book. If there was ever a time you can be picky it is now.

POF ultimately is about looking for your one and only, your soul mate. So treat it like so, people look at your photo and read who you are based on just that, so if you want a relationship and not play musical chairs, create your profile with every intention of finding that one person.

Don’t be shy, be honest about what you are looking for because the only way a relationship will work is if the other person has the same intentions, Don’t be an open book either and leave some mystery about your hobbies.

Ultimately, your profile is your advertisement, and being in college we have all learned that every advertisement needs an intended audience.

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