Dating in the 21st century

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Have you ever wanted a sugar daddy?

Well, thanks to seekingarrangements.com, if you want to be a sugar daddy or a sugar baby it’s a lot easier. The site claims it has 130,000 Canadian members.

The site connects young women with older successful men (for the most part). It caters to the “Modern Gentlemen and the “Goal Seeking Sugar Baby”. The modern gentleman is described as always respectful and generous: “You only live once, and you want to date the best. Some call you a mentor, sponsor or benefactor. But no matter what your desires may be, you are brutally honest about who you are, what you expect and what you offer.”

The sugar baby is described as attractive, intelligent, ambitous and goal oriented on the website: “Sugar Babies are students, actresses, models or girls & guys next door. You know you deserve to date someone who will pamper you, empower you, and help you mentally, emotionally and financially.”

This website is an affair ready to happen and shouldn’t be a surprise. This is the shallow, no apologies, world of online dating. More than anything this website is a slap in the face to feminism and equality between the sexes.

This annonymous testimonial on the site should make any career woman shiver:

“I am in college and have had a tough time balancing school and work — so I was looking for other ways to support myself. I came across this site and I met a guy who I formed a great relationship with. We would meet once a week and he would give me an allowance every time — meeting him DID NOT require us to sleep together. Because of timing issues, we no longer see each other, but we have maintained a good bond and he still sends me allowances if I ever need them. ”

Seeking arrangements, though, isn’t the only odd and terrible website available to the desperate. To help the confused and frustrated members of Canada’s most popular dating websites, there are personal dating assistants and ghostwriters who can be hired out to manage your profile and get you dates.

The website personaldatingassistants.com (PDA) state in their promotional video that to win dates regularly, a typical approach isn’t going to cut it. For that, you need an industrial strength solution. So, the website sends “laser targeted” personal openers that are known to disclose contact information.

“We don’t just write dating profiles,” the website says. “Our full spectrum solution takes care of all the hard work, so you’re free to enjoy the benefits; lots of dates with attractive women.”

This is all very comical but it’s also fueling and creating more maladjusted human beings. These websites are meat markets that make dating into a game and into consumerism. If you need these websites to get a significant other, you need more than a date, you need help.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Geographic location: Canada

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