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Craigslist casual encounters weirdness: January 2017 edition

It’s a new year but some things don’t change. This includes Craigslist’s dubious casual encounters area, full of often mediocre ads and spam postings but still capable of little nuggets of surprise, outrage, amusement and gross out, sometimes all at once, if you have the tenacity to dig through them as I do once a month. Today I am scanning Hartford, Connecticut’s postings again. The weather outside is kind of frightful: 20F and snowing, but I’m betting these posting will be red hot. Let’s find out.

First, let me share some statistics. I counted at least 251 page views for this stuff in December, about average. Since web traffic was down to only 1406 pages in December, 18% of my web traffic was for my Craigslist posts, a new high, and not of the 420 kind. Pulling up the section on this snowy Saturday afternoon I find:

  • 34 men looking for a woman
  • 34 men looking for a man
  • 7 men looking for a couple
  • 1 man looking for a group of men
  • 1 man looking for a transgender person
  • 19 women looking for a man, although most of these are probably spam
  • 3 women looking for a woman
  • 2 couples looking for a man
  • 2 couples looking for a woman

And we’re off to the races for 2017:

 

More in February.

 

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