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Old 03-22-2007, 05:10 PM   #1
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Are you hot enough?

What do you guys think? By admitting "hot" people only, as subjective as that can be, is this site perpetuating the perception that looks are all that matters in life?



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Dating site asks 'are you hot enough?'

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) -- Jason Pellegrino (an 8.2 on the attractiveness scale) says the problem with Internet dating services is not enough really hot-looking people.

So he and a business partner have created HotEnough.org, a sort of online version of Studio 54, the exclusive '70s disco where gaining admission was a pitiless Darwinian exercise. HotEnough.org is for "fit, good-looking" people.

Prospective members must submit pictures and must be rated an 8 or higher by people already in the club. Once they are in, they are permitted to e-mail other "hotties" for $9.95 a month.

"It's definitely hard to get through that rope, but once you're in, you're in and you're part of the party," Pellegrino said. "But you know there's going to be a lot of people outside waiting."

The 33-year-old said he and his partner, Sean Cohen, created the site after concluding that Internet dating sites attract a lot of brave and desperate people but not particularly attractive ones.

A few months after its launch, membership is just under 1,000, Pellegrino said. In the beginning, only 8 percent of those who applied made the grade, but now about 25 percent of applicants do, he said.

Candidates must send in three pictures, including one full-body shot. Active members rate the pictures online without knowing anything else about the people in them.

"People can say that the site is shallow, they can say it's superficial, but I think we're all a bit superficial when it comes to dating," Pellegrino said.

One of the "hotties" accepted into the club is Jimmy Ziomek, a 29-year-old from New York City who rated an 8.2. Ziomek, who said his job in real estate keeps him from going out much, has blue eyes and light brown hair and goes to the gym four to five times a week.

Using HotEnough.org "saves time and it does the searching for you, narrows it down to the people that you are interested in meeting," he said.

Among those who did not make the cut was Jeanette Ponder, a 28-year-old Internet blogger from East Orange, New Jersey who considered herself an 8 or 9. She said she applied because she thought it would make a good story.

"I got rated at like 5.7," she said. "When you put yourself out there in any situation, even if it's one which you're not taking seriously, it's going to sting."

But she also reasoned: "You cannot make a relationship by being arm candy."

Like it or not, HotEnough.com operates according to a principle that watchers of the singles scene have long recognized: "People tend to end up with partners who match them in physical attractiveness," said Margaret Clark, a professor of psychology at Yale University.

Pellegrino, whose day job as a project manager for a construction company in Maplewood leaves little time for dating, has brown eyes and a bright smile, goes to the gym at least three times a week and gets his stylish haircut touched up every two weeks. He was happy to make it onto his own Web site.

"I see myself more in like the 7.5 range," he said.
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hey

I'm on that site

I made it at 8.2

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Old 03-22-2007, 05:30 PM   #3
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Well the people who are into that as their main priority will meet their like minded matches. Then they can split/divorce after they're no longer hot or get into disfiguring accidents, etc.
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They'll get the dating partners they deserve.
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I was rejected from the site. Apparently there is such a thing as "TOO hot"
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:25 PM   #6
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I was rejected from the site. Apparently there is such a thing as "TOO hot"
lol. Me too
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:32 PM   #7
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He was someone who discovered that people are really who they say they are on the other dating sites.

It's fair game...he found a way for people to tell the truth.

Maybe it will work for those that are interested.

And who says that life gives you good looks OR brains?
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he found a way for people to tell the truth.
So I could go on FaceBook and download three pics of my hottest high school crush, register as him, and that would be telling the truth? If you're "hot enough" it means you're actually that hot?

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Eh, if people are into that, fine.

I just don't get why a 7 wouldn't be hot enough.

Also, a lot of really hot people don't necessarily look hot in photographs because a photo can't capture certain mannerisms that make a person sexy.

And really hot looking people can be actually terribly unsexy once they open their mouths.

Not to mention what Liesje said...

So the whole thing is kinda dumb. But I agree that most dating sites attract desperate and generally not terribly attractive people so if this works for them, whatever.
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Okay, I just went to that site and looked at the faces that were flashing. The men are handsome and smiling naturally into the camera, while the women are doing this seductive sex kitten thing.
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If you're actually hot, you don't need a bloody dating site to get a date.
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:07 PM   #12
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Yep, the hottest people on earth are right here on Interference.

Oh wait a minute, I saw Sicy's collage. Never mind
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:09 PM   #13
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They'll get the dating partners they deserve.
My thoughts, exactly. If someone is shallow enough to look there for a mate, then they probably will get what they deserve.
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Okay, I just went to that site and looked at the faces that were flashing. The men are handsome and smiling naturally into the camera, while the women are doing this seductive sex kitten thing.
I'm not surprised, but I suspect most women would just snicker at a man who seemed to be effecting any sort of come-hither-baby pose; men can't generally get away with doing that and have it be seen as enticingly bold or self-confident, unless it seems tongue-in-cheek.
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:21 PM   #15
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My thoughts, exactly. If someone is shallow enough to look there for a mate, then they probably will get what they deserve.

why is it shallow to look for dates there? What if the group only included Jewish people or some other group? Would that still be shallow? Everyone has certain things they look for in people and for these people it happens to be looks. For all the preaching that goes on about understanding, it seems like people here are pretty quick to label these people.
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