By Clarissa Stoll I always assumed online dating was for desperate middle-aged divorcées — certainly not college-aged students with active social lives like myself.
There might have been a nibble or two every six months or so but I would always end up re-hooking my worm to cast it back into the dating pool.
I was not alone in my preconceived notions about online dating. “I think it’s sort of sketchy,” says Josh Bernhard, 24–year-old graduate student in statistics.
“In college, having an online relationship is not ideal.
I am surrounded by thousands of people, so if my database is better than any online website, I am going to use my resources.” “It’s a good last resort if I were in my thirties,” says freshman in pre-architecture Casey Tiedman. I just haven’t met them yet.” “I wouldn’t use them, and I don’t think it would be useful,” says Debanjan Kumar Ghosh, 20, senior in chemical engineering.
“There are already so many other sources to use for social interaction, such as bars, parties and clubs.” All three of these gentlemen have found some aspect of love on their own since first attending Iowa State.
Miles Hayes, 22, senior in mechanical engineering, also found a relationship during his junior year at Iowa State, but ended it when Audrey Smith, 21, caught his eye through
Surprisingly, they were not set up through the site.
Audrey randomly discovered Miles’ profile, which had been active for longer than a year and sent him an electronic wink, notifying him of her interest.
Miles instantly responded with a six-page e-mail, and seven days later they had their first date at a public park walking their dogs, Aimee and Jayda.