Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Put On a Little Weight, Get Kicked Off Dating Site

Put on a little extra weight over the holidays? Don’t go to BeautifulPeople.com, they won’t let you in their virtual doors.

BeautifulPeople.com – a self-proclaimed elite dating site for only the best of the best looking – just cut about 5,000 people’s accounts, claiming because of their holiday weight-gain, they no longer qualify for membership.

“Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded,” says the person who created this online dating site, Robert Hintze.

Online dating sites are among the most popular and successful businesses to survive the “dot.com” bubble which went bust in the mid 1990’s. Surfing the net for that special someone is easy and usually a lot less painful than getting shot down in a bar.

Not so with BeautifulPeople.com – you can get shot down before they even let you on their site. Eager new wanna-be members must fill out a profile, complete with a picture. Current members vote on those requesting membership, and only if your profile and photo get enough votes do you get to join the online site.

Once on the site, you have to maintain the highest standards of – well – beautiful people – and that’s where 1,520 Americans, 832 British members, 533 Canadians and a handful of others from around the world – totalling about 5,000 people -- fell short. The online dating site threw these people out of their online dating site, advising them how to get back into shape. The company says once these people lose the excess weight they gained over the holidays, they can re-apply for membership.

Makes you wonder how long the relationships last which are formed from the BeautifulPeople.com website – because although we all are attracted to looks on some level, looks only go so far. Even the most beautiful people can be the most annoying, most devious, the most obnoxious, the most hateful – beauty doesn’t mean they don’t have their faults.

Only one in five applicants receives membership on the dating site, according to a statement from the company.

Guess most of us just aren’t all that beautiful.

What is the Internet coming too?

Years ago, a website went up where married and involved people could go to find others interested in cheating on their significant others. Website AshleyMadison.com – who’s slogan is “life’s short, have an affair,” says it is the world’s premier discreet dating service, giving us all the opportunity to hurt the ones we love.

Now, we have dating websites where you are judged mostly on looks, by complete strangers, before you can even join their online community.

What’s next, where do we as a society draw the line? How much more of a Jerry Springer-type world must we sink into, before enough is enough?

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