Very few of the women who were advertising seemed to be looking for anything I would consider a "normal encounter." Nevertheless, I tailored each response to whatever they were looking for.

I typically wrote two or three paragraph replies and matched the tone of their own messages, then attached a couple of tasteful photos of myself.

One responded: "Really man, can be cool and relaxing." I began to suspect that no women actually used the site.

The stereotype is that women are interested in relationships, and that only men would be interested in totally casual sex, right? In fact, I was inspired to write this article when a friend told me many of her female friends had owned up to using it. I was only getting messages from gay or bisexual men!

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Many people use Craigslist to find roommates, cheap furniture, used cars or part-time jobs. I decided to dive into Craigslist's "Casual Encounters" — a section made for no-strings hookups — to see if any of what I assumed about that virtual place was true.

They advertise "French lessons" — an odd thing to advertise under "Casual Encounters," don't you think?

Well, it's obviously a euphemism for something else.I should admit that I had no intention to actually hook up with someone, should the opportunity arise, if for no other reason than it would be inappropriate and manipulative to an unwitting partner to do so and write about it.But it's not a stretch to say that even if you abstain from the goal, spending a week on Casual Encounters can teach you a lot about human beings and how the web has changed how we pursue one of our most essential and important desires.Dating events are fun, so find out what\'s on, go along and let us know how you got on!To get special discounts on all these singles and speed dating events, you can join up to the mailing list.More information on: - Speed Dating Ireland with Free Online Dating At Date you can find singles nights and speed dating events all over Ireland, read reviews, find news and get fun dating tips - all in the one place.