I have officially deleted all my profiles and given up on internet dating. Only took about 2 weeks.
I had the following experiences:
-Guy so gross and awful that I got on the wrong bus to avoid him.
-One-night stand guy who wanted to define the relationship the next day.
-Guy who was nice enough at first and then freaked out that I didn't want anything serious and called me "ruined."
-Guy who's actually super sweet and we're still friends.
-Guy from Craigslist who's now like my total bff.
-Guy who seems pretty cool so far, and makes a lot of hilarious and inappropriate jokes.
-Racist guy, as mentioned previously.
-A shit ton of "Hey baby" messages.
-A lot of dead-end conversations.
Perhaps most importantly, I've had a bit of an ego boost. I have realized that I'm totally cute enough to get dates outside of the internet...mostly because I'm cuter than 95% of the dudes online.
I've also now had some practice with dating, which is good (even though it sucked) because I didn't know what I was doing before at all.
I'm back to square one, in some ways, just because the same old "so...how do I meet people?" question has cropped back up. But I feel like I'm going into it with more experience, confidence, and discretion than I did before, even if there's no less desperation.
Also some really funny stories.