Thanks to online dating, you no longer have to do that.
You can set up a profile on a dating site and browse around and answer emails whenever you have some spare time on your hands.
Before the captchas arrived in 2007 (which did little in any case), Yahoo battled the bots by obfuscating the login protocol. Rinse and repeat - by the end, the protocol had grown to outrageous complexity.
A puny excerpt of the login sequence: And we have only barely begun.
Yahoo chat rooms started life as a Java applet, chugging along in Netscape Navigator 4. But all messages went through Yahoo's servers, so they could fix it server-side: block the attack by rewriting the messages before sending them along.
It also makes the process of meeting people much easier and a lot less nerve-wrecking.
Everyone is busy and it can be really hard to find time to go out and meet new people.
You can do it early in the morning, late at night or even during your lunch hour. The best part about online dating, many people say, is that you can get a pretty good idea of whether you’d actually have a connection with someone before meeting them.
Your online profile gives you an opportunity to express yourself, what you’re all about and what you’re looking for.