Being in the online dating industry for as long as I have, I’m not sure how to feel now that Craigslist no longer provides a casual encounters section. Millions of people used it worldwide and it sometimes yielded some sort of results. I’m also guilty of having used the casual encounters section on Craigslist a few times in the past. Sometimes, just going through the ads was enough on its own to provide entertainment for the night. Some people say it was a terrible option for anyone looking to get laid, but the truth of the matter is, compared to the Craigslist personals alternatives, it wasn’t all that bad. There were actual people posting and replying to ads which makes it enough to be considered as your go-to site to find casual sex.
No matter how you felt about craigslist’s personals section, it’s gone forever. It was terminated due to Facilitation of Human Sex Trafficking.
It’s time to move on to something else. We’ve gone through all the alternatives and will hopefully help anyone reading this find a new home for their casual encounters needs.
In this post, we’ll reveal 3 options you can use in order to find ACTUAL casual sex partners near you.
Before we go any further, I think it’s important to mention the copycats that have tried to take Craigslist’s place and why you should avoid them at all costs. When Craigslist announced they’d no longer have a personals section, many webmasters jumped at the chance to build a copycat site. Unfortunately, the fact that there were more than 200 copycats, means that some of the traffic from Craigslist was split among them, with the rest of the traffic still looking for a Craigslist personals alternative. Not having sufficient traffic, all of these sites resorted to creating fictitious ads in order to attract people to their site. We’ve tried them all, and we can safely make the claim that none of them come close to providing the same experience that one would have found on Craigslist.
Avoid any clone or copy of Craigslist at all costs. The experience will not be anything like what you were used to.
Although we agree that Craigslist casual encounters DID yield some results, there were many flaws in the way the site was set up. There was absolutely no moderation. This made women a little hesitant to take the hookup to the next level. This is why there are so many Craigslist casual encounters horror stories online. Anyone can pretend to be pretty much anyone without any moderation whatsoever. Whether posting ads or replying to ads, there was really no way to know for sure who you were dealing with. This was a little off-putting to women which is why the ratio of men to women on Craigslist’s personals section was approximately thirty men to one woman if you take into account the fact that 80% of the female ads posted were fake.
When we embarked on our journey to find the best alternatives to Craigslist’s personals section, we wanted to find a site that yielded similar or better results. The user experience was not an important factor. We wanted to find sites that had a better balance of men and women more than simply finding a site that was similar in experience. Results, at the end of the day, are what matter.