After admitting defeat, I asked Laurie Davis for some direction – as an online dating virgin, where do I start? A site like eHarmony would be too intense (and expensive) for me. I’m just looking for some casual dating fun, with people who are young, passionate, and willing to try something new. Laurie immediately suggested HowAboutWe.com, a site where members propose fun dates they’d like to go on and you decide whether you’d like to join them.
“The concept of HowAboutWe.com is based around getting offline,” Laurie told me. “You’re matched with others based on the things you want to do.” It sounded right up my alley – I went home and joined, proposing a picnic in Central Park as my first date idea.
And then, it was like the dating powers from above had heard I joined the online game – I got an event invitation the following day at work for DateBritishGuys.com, a brand new dating site for women wanting to find British guys in America. Had I just hit the jackpot?
I spoke to Ben Elman, the co-founder of DateBritishGuys.com to find out more about the site. Ben and his wife started it in April after they noticed their friends wanted a relationship like theirs – a British-American union. Through mostly word-of-mouth, the site has grown to include over 215 members of British men wanting to find American woman in the states, and vice versa.
I had to ask Ben, why should I go British?
“British men are fascinated by American women,” he said. “We love the fact that American women go get what they want. We like the fact that they’re strong-minded and independent. We also really appreciate how much American women make an effort in terms of the colors that they wear, and I think women in America really appreciate the men that they have as well.”
Talk about music to my ears – British guys are not only well traveled and have hot accents, but they also like strong, independent go-getters with style. Swoon.
“You should definitely join,” Ben told me. Um, say no more, my friend! It took me approximately ten minutes to join – and another thirty of checking out the cute British imports in my area.
I am officially no longer an online dating virgin.
And, as these things go, now that I am on two dating sites, I figure I might as well be on three. I’m joining Zoosk today, to increase my dating pool by 50 million people. Oh boy.
I’m going to be documenting how all of this goes, right here for all of my dear Bettys. It’s bound to get pretty interesting – you won’t want to miss it.
Wish me luck!
Tell us: do you date online? What sites do you belong to, and how has it been going?
Faye Brennan is assistant editor at BettyConfidential.