I will second the nomination of OKCupid. Aside from the reasons mentioned, it's absolutely free (you can upgrade for a few $, but not sure you need to), it was founded by four geeks with Harvard sheepskins (one in business, three in math/computer science), with the ostensible (and somewhat tongue-in-cheek) aim of taking a truly "scientific" approach to solving the ancient mysteries of love and attraction. They appear to do plenty of statistical analysis to refine their assumptions and matching criteria, and they're not afraid to try new things/make improvements. Check out their About Us
page. As for pick-ups, "what you're looking for" runs the gamut from "just friends" to "casual sex" to "marriage", and there are plenty of prospects in all categories. Personalities and intelligence also cover the spectrum, as do location, ages, "looks" and "types". It's a pretty fun site, and at the tender age of 59, I've had good luck with it. In fact, I'm going on a date tomorrow night with someone I met there (she's buying
). Mouser gave me a break on membership, due to my chronic poverty, maybe this will pay him back. Real life contact sure beats the hypothetical, I can vouch for it. Do not pay anyone
money for dating prospects until you check out this site. OK Cupid
Silly name, great site. Happy hunting.