OnlineBootyCall Claims Casual Dating Leads to Love!

You might remember a post a few months back wherein we took notice of casual dating site OnlineBootyCall’s weekly posts sharing their ex-members’ reasons for leaving (dubbed testiMOANials, teehee). The recurring posts seemed to show that people were finding more than just hookups on the site, and some actually found marriage, which is surprising given the dating site’s decidedly anti-marriage stance.

It appears that the testimonials have kept on coming, because the site shared a press release this morning that made the claim that casual daters might have an easier time finding love than those who stick to the traditional dating sites like Match.com and eHarmony. From the founder, Moses Brown:

“We have always believed that all online encounters should be considered casual until proven otherwise. For most daters, sites like eHarmony put too much emphasis on the serious task of starting relationships online. At OBC, our members are having fun meeting new people and are dating without the pressure of commitment … it makes sense that many are finding unexpected romance.”

Furthermore, the press release included a quote from an actual ex-member of OnlineBootyCall, a Leslie Williams Jewell from Kentucky, who met her husband on the dating site 4 years ago. “We both sit back and laugh now at how we met because he nor I wanted anyone to know,” Williams Jewell says, “but now I’ll just tell anybody!”

Although we’re not 100% convinced that OBC is the FIRST place we’d look if we were looking for long-term romance, we are intrigued by the idea… perhaps Brown is right. When singles are on a desperate hunt to walk down the aisle, they’re likely to over-think things, look past potential matches, and forget what the real point of online dating is – meeting people you might not in real life, getting to know them, and seeing what happens from there. After all, movies like No Strings Attached and Friends With Benefits are bringing the casual relationship into the mainstream… perhaps singles are more open to a hook up first, fall in love later mentality. It is 2012, after all.

What do you think? Could casual dating sites be a smarter way to find The One instead of traditional, marriage-based sites? Or does sticking to the old-fashioned sites feel safer?