It even wanted to verify my photo by using my driver’s license.

Regardless of age though, none of them ever responded to my attempts to meet in person.

I couldn’t tell the difference between live chats, messages, winks, likes, and whatever else was going on.

The interface was so confusing that I couldn’t figure out if the messages were to me, or ones I had sent.

It’s also worth noting that on all three sites, there was really no way to create a geographical limit.

A couple days into my quest for love, I was getting messages from some people who lived five miles away, and others who lived in Germany and Japan.

Still, I held out hope, and then I tried my luck in Norfolk, Virginia, while visiting my parents over Labor Day weekend.

Being the site of the world’s largest Navy base, I thought sheer numbers might result in an actual encounter.

All in all, I probably spoke to about 25 different people.

I realized how lonely they must be, and that this attempt to connect with people online was somewhat of a last resort for a lot of them …

After a week on this site with seemingly no coherent mail, I quit it too.