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New Article on Examiner: Match.com Suit Proves Importance of Personal Responsibility & Online Dating

Screen Shot 2013-01-26 at 1.15.40 AMIt’s another “ripped from the headlines” themed article this week. January has been nothing but one weird online dating related story after another. And I feel compelled to tie it in to savvy tips to help my readers enter the online dating scene armed with the knowledge to be smart daters. In today’s cautionary tale, we have the story of Mary Kay Beckman. Mary Kay was the unfortunate victim of an enraged ex, Wade Ridley. Mary Kay met Wade on Match.com and when she chose to end things, he flew into a rage and physically assaulted her – landing her in the hospital with life threatening injuries. As a result, Mary Kay Beckman is suing Match.com for damages numbering in $10M. Her case stands on the basis that because Match.com didn’t do a background check (in addition to other measures) on her ex Wade Ridley, they essentially endangered her life.

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New Article on Examiner: Manti Te’o – A Cautionary Online Dating Tale

mantiteoConsider this something that belongs under the “ripped from the headlines” category. Unless you’ve avoided any major news network and ESPN in the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen at least one or two headlines recounting the tale of a hapless Notre Dame linebacker – Manti Te’o. To get the clueless up to speed, the Heisman candidate became probably one of the most famous victims of catfishing in a hoax that supposedly lasted for nearly three years.Catfishing is a term coined to describe an elaborate dating scam where a con artist assumes a persona to convince a mark (victim) to usually buy them things or directly send them money under the guise of a relationship. Usually the mark will never meet the victim in real life, and unfortunately the con artist will usually bleed the mark dry and vanish without a trace.

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New Article on Examiner: CoffeeMeetsBagel.com’s Holiday Date Auction!

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Are you looking to meet a hottie to start 2013 off right? Is the fear of spending the winter on solo status not appealing? Well, one of my favorite online dating sites has come up with a nifty concept to help singles across the country meet someone in time for New Years!  Coffee Meets Bagel, the NYC based online dating platform that sends you one fresh prospect (or “bagel”) every afternoon at 12pm, is holding a holiday date online auction from December 13th through New Year’s Eve.

 

 

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New Article on Examiner: Great Moments in Online Dating Fails

Online dating can be a wonderful thing. Obviously I fully support this view or else this column wouldn’t even exist. In a world where sometimes people genuinely don’t have the time or desire to peruse the bar scene, online dating becomes an ideal alternative. Rather than spending night after night meeting Mr./Ms. No on the regular, you have the potential to cast your net wider from the comfort of your home. Likewise, online dating provides a nice layer of anonymity so that you don’t have to officially reveal personal details about yourself (such as name, phone number, etc) until you’re truly ready. Depending on the dating platform you use, you can get new matches sent to you as soon as they occur or at set intervals. And, some sites even offer a personalized touch in the way of matchmaking.

Now for the record, everyone knows that I’m not against matchmakers. Sometimes, it takes an objective third party to see potential mates for us when maybe we wouldn’t see it as clearly on our own. But today, I saw something that really made me do a double take. It felt to me, like someone had taken the lazy approach to online dating and multiplied it to an extreme level. I’ve kindly blurred out the email and posting ID attached to this Craigslist ad that was placed in the writing jobs section of the New York board. But what we have here is a Wall Street executive who’s too busy to set up their own dating profiles or even take the time to connect with a potential match to set up times for a call. And for some reason, it put me in mind of the character Jeffery Donovan played in the movie Hitch, Vance Munson. If it doesn’t ring a bell, watch the video in this article.

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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Articles, Dating, Dorian Smith, Examiner

 

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New Article on Examiner: Ladies Have Several Seats

If you insist on assuming, I must insist on telling you to have several seats…

So, I’ve been focusing on the men lately, and realized that I’m neglecting my own gender! Tonight’s article – although not about technology – is much needed and is inspired by a scene from last Sunday’s (11.11.12) episode of RHOA. Yes, it’s my guilty pleasure, and something I’m sure many of my female readers can relate to. ^_^ A quick recap for those who don’t watch RHOA; one of the newbies, Kenya Moore, asks her paramour “Walter” if there were any skeletons in his closet. Being foolishly honest, he admits that he once dated Kandi Burress, another cast member. And on cue, Kenya gives him the serious stank face and has a minor freak out. My reaction, to quote the extremely outspoken Tamar Braxton (another reality guilty pleasure of mine): I’m going to need you to have several seats.

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New Article on Examiner: Eyes Up Here Fellas, Pt 2 “The Art of Flirting”

Last week I started what will be an ongoing series of articles covering the Art of Flirting. To recap part one, the takeaway was that approaching a woman doesn’t require the most witty or high brow of conversations. All it takes is guts. And as a reminder, last week’s article was really aimed at men. Yes, women need encouragement too, but it’s a different angle. So, working under the assumption that you’re now confident and ready to approach women, let’s move on to part two of the Art of Flirting…eye contact.

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New Article on Examiner: Online Dating Site Scam AnastasiaGlobal.com

So, I actually hadn’t intended to write a dating site review this week. But I’ve been seeing these irritating online dating site commercials on TV for the past few weeks and today I finally got curious enough to investigate. So, there’s a website out there called Anastasia Global. In the commercial, a male voice over speaks soothingly about how he met this fantastic woman named Anastasia even though she lives thousands of miles away. Clearly, this commercial is aimed at men as it makes no reference for how a single American lady could meet a man. In the end, a title card appears telling viewers that they can experience a 40 minute free trial if they visit Anastasia Global now.

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