In the early 90s I had a roommate who used the printed personals for dating for a while

In the early 90s I had a roommate who used the printed personals for dating for a while

I met up with three women I think. Each time we’d have at least one, probably more, conversations before agreeing to meet up somewhere in central London for dinner or coffee.

Note that at that point, neither of you knew what the other person looked like. There were no camera phones, not a lot of digital cameras, etc.

I guess she had a really sexy phone voice because they spent a solid couple of weeks having intense phone sex every night (tying up our single phone line, of course), and then one night the phone sex was so good he headed over to see her

Two dates were. not awful, but things clearly weren’t going to go any further for either side. The other one, we became friends for a while after.

Fwiw, the LRB ended its personal ads in 2010. It still has a small handful each issue but they’re quite conventional compared to the pre-2010 ones. posted by fabius at 5:35 AM on [1 favorite]

My memory is that there was a much closer balance in numbers between men seeking women and women seeking men, unlike apparently the situation on dating apps now

In my experience, ads were classified as Men Seeking Women, Women Seeking Men, Men Seeking Men, and Women Seeking Women. Continue reading