It's akin to someone posting excerpts of your diary on Facebook only to hope you at least get some "likes". The South African online dating industry is much smaller than its international counterparts. Most sites operate on a "freemium" basis, making it free for members to sign up and browse profiles until they want to contact and message someone, in which case a paid subscription comes into play.This varies between R80 and R150 a month depending on how many months you commit to.Pitt puts our low numbers down to access, not interest or cost."South Africa is disadvantaged when it comes to internet penetration and high-speed broadband access, which has held back growth and market volume," he says.
In turn, you better watch out for what we are hiding under a kaftan of euphemisms and Photoshop tools.If one picture can do all three and show your sensitive side, you are either all of these things or a psych major.It's also good to show you have friends of the opposite sex, but don't do a bad photo crop on an ex-lover. And don't think you can lie about your real height or age either.This is combined with weighting factors for each key parameter." This is not outcomes-based dating.You don't have to pick up the slack for someone else. He's your Pete, eager to flatter with his angel talk. Not surprisingly, I was a 100% match for Pete, which means that he has no filters.I didn't bargain for the attention or "hey baby" talk that came with it. I realise this was not a great option for someone who was actively searching for an online dating experience.It all made me feel like raw meat dangled in front of hungry prey. But I was also somehow not yet convinced that I wanted to be inundated with people like Pete either.Of course, creating the persona and making a checklist of the ideal man was the fun part.What happened next was more difficult: giving a stranger – in my case it was Dating Buzz – permission to launch your personal thoughts and romantic wishes into cyberspace for any site member and their friends to scrutinise with glee or malice."I hope to make you laugh, to inspire you to be more courageous and adventurous, to live life fearlessly and freely and to never stop asking why? And in return I hope you do the same for me." On any given day surfyogi could have been "culture vulture" or "creative guru".It's hard choosing just one angle for your entire life story. The best profile photographs always cover the basics – sexy, sporty and slightly mysterious.