The Craigslist Experiment: The Setup

For those unfamiliar with craigslist, it’s basically a catch all for useful things and the scum of the planet. It’s a site that can go from SFW to NSFW with one click. You can adopt a pet, find a job, hire a hooker, sell your car, find an apartment, and rant about your hatred of the traffic in your hometown – all in one place!

Craigslist personals are a special combination of sad and hilarious, with a pinch of normal and a BIG dash of creepy. I won’t totally discount their personal ads – my brother met his fiancee through craigslist! – but 99.9% of the time, unless you’re looking for a hookup, it’s best to only read it for a laugh, not a date.

To give you an idea of what girls get in response to ads, I posted the following fake ad, complete with random pictures courtesy of Google. Local info and identifying info from emails will be blurred to protect the not-so-innocent.

The Ad

Optimized for Maximum Vagueness & Perv-a-bility

  • 18 – the “optimal age” for a girl if you’re a less-than-honorable guy
  • Vague photo – can’t see much of eyes, face, body
  • Poorly written, list-of-stuff-I-like personal ad text

Let the Emails Begin!

About e

Since 2008, E. Foley of Geek’s Dream Girl has been helping geeks from around the world find love. She writes amazing online dating profiles for her fellow geeks and guides them through the perilous waters of the dating scene and out the other side. She's totally proud to report that she's even caused a couple geek weddings! She lives in Maryland with DaveTheGame, her adorable cats, Mr. Peanut & Don Juan, and Titania, Queen of the Cocker Spaniels. (Email e, or follow @geeksdreamgirl on Twitter.)

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