I swore to myself that I would never take an online survey, knowing the result would be an e-mail inbox packed to the gills with junk mail. However, in a moment of weakness, I answered a few questions in order to get free coupons for baby diapers.
I mean, c’mon folks, diapers are expensive these days; And I’m not one of those people who tears open a pack every time I do my grocery shopping! (I feel the temptation to rant about stay-at-home moms running eBay businesses with shoplifted inventory… but I think I can control myself)
Basically, as I waded through the monotonous questionnaire, I knew I was condemning my e-mail account to months of filtering hell. – Weight-loss vitamins, Make Thousands Using Your Own Computer, Free Credit Counseling, Government Grants -
What surprised me, though, was the sort of advertising I’ve been receiving.
I am fairly certain when providing my personal data, I declared I was a female in her late 20′s, expecting her third child in March (the second is also still in diapers)… female being the key word.
Shortly thereafter, I began receiving eHarmony, Match.com and other dating advertisements.
“Okay, maybe they think I’m a single, pregnant mom… needing a man to support us all.”
Then, I received ads such as “Single Ladies in your Area Wanting to Meet You”, “Russian Brides – I hope you like me”, “Black Ladies Looking for Fun” What the #*&% ?”
I didn’t receive a single advertisement alerting me to available men. I don’t consider myself a prejudice, sexist, homophobic person… but why on earth would they assume that I’m looking for single, local ladies of any color or foreign, mail-order brides? My state doesn’t even allow same-sex marriages (or bigamy) yet… so that would be money wasted.
Tonight’s batch of junk was the frosting on my macaroni… I’ve been sent one suggesting that “Lonely Wives (are) Looking for Friends”. Really? Curiously, I clicked on it: *ahem* *reading headlines*
“Married but Lonely – Search Real Cheating Wives in your area! Searching is absolutely free! Create your free Profile online! Date local wives discreetly!”
I thought it was some kind of joke… I mean, having once been married to a possessive jerk, I would never have the guts to post a profile (with color photo!) on a local cheater’s website… yet apparently people do.
How is this considered dating discreetly???? I actually tried to do a search – after it revealed there were 2,400 profiles in my town alone – but as soon as the first page of profiles loaded, a huge window popped up (blocking all the pictures) insisting that I join for my free trial first. I closed the window, and left my voyeuristic nosiness unsated.
Someone who’s actually belonged to a site like this needs to explain how it works for me…
Although I’m not going to judge others for decisions they make in unfulfilled marriages (I can hardly judge!), advertising yourself online doesn’t make sense to me. I live in a semi-rural area, so how anonymous can these 2,400 locals truly be?
Speaking of privacy, I was reading an article in local paper; some paranoid person was complaining about the tracking performed by Google and other search engines, and how they store your searches and visited sites for a limited time.
Apparently government officials, such as the FBI, have access to all your movements online. This person mentioned that these acts are an invasion of privacy, and he stated “What if I were looking up a medical condition?… I don’t want everyone to know I might have cancer.”
Some stranger at the Pentagon accidentally stumbles upon your “cancer symptoms” search, and now your rights are infringed upon? Do you think he/she cares enough to investigate such matters?
I personally don’t care whether Big Brother is watching me online. There aren’t enough people working in the government right now, to track every single person online.
WHY do you think all these pedophiles, child-porn suppliers, terrorists, and teen-age psychos planning homicidal rampages are going unnoticed?
The Internet is enormous and isn’t policed very well at all.
Actually, setting up an organization to monitor people’s activities would create millions of jobs! Get everyone off welfare, and stay-at-home mothers could be spies from the comfort of their living rooms!
I say: Go for it!
Seriously, I think the FBI or whomever, should be investigating anyone who types in searches like “how to build a nuclear weapon from kitchen ingredients” or “poisons that will fool a medical examiner”…
If you’re feeling guilty because you’ve recently joined the Local Online Cheater’s Club, you should be more concerned with your soon-to-be ex-spouse’s reaction should they find out, and not The Men in Black from Washington.
You might also cross your fingers and hope that if your husband starts Googling “how to discreetly dispose of a body” or “making a shooting look self-inflicted” … that Someone out there is actually keeping tabs on him, and cares enough to infringe on his privacy rights (in order to stop him).