Are You Really ** Guaranteed ** An Affair?
So, I’m watching TV one night and see an ad for a website that caters to people who want to have an affair – Ashley Madison. Did I really just see that? I had actually been thinking of having an affair (seriously) because things with my husband are not, shall we say, red hot. But to see an ad targeting someone like me, it was a little startling – but more compelling – for some reason. Oddly, it made me feel a little less guilty about how I felt about my relationship…I thought to myself ‘well, obviously I’m not alone.’
So, I put it in my mental file to check out sometime later. But curiosity got the best of me and after checking out a few of the better Ashley Madison reviews out there, I logged on sooner rather than later. I was probably like every other person who checked out the site for the first time: skeptical, a little nervous, cautious.
What I liked initially is that Ashley Madison kind of puts it right out there – that affairs happen, why deny it, we may or may not condone those actions, but we will provide you a means for privacy, discretion, etc. It was refreshing.
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I’m fairly sure everyone who goes to the site, at first, sets up a free ad profile. I liked that this allowed me to dip my toes in the pool, so to speak, before I spent any money, as you do, kind of, get what you pay for. That initial profile listed the basics about me: height, weight, age, general location, what I was looking for, etc. I uploaded a picture (which was scary – but I did it anyway) and guess what? I got responses fairly quickly, like within a few days.
(For some reason, I really liked that anyone who wanted to use Ashley Madison could – married men seeking married women, married women seeking married men, single men seeking married women, same-sex options, etc.. I don’t know why exactly, but I feel like part of a large collective. Does that many any sense??)
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It took a couple of log-ons for me to kind of get the hang of all the features on Ashley Madison – and I’d put myself in the intermediate/advanced computer user category. Loved that I could look at profiles, ‘wink’ at cute guys, and there is a chat mechanism that allows me to instant message with other people who are on the site at the same time. Fun. But that first chat window that popped up made my heart jump – I had just set my status to ‘Chat Ready’ and it took literally a couple of minutes until that first chatter found me. Now, I chat with the best of ‘em!
I finally got to the point where I had exchanged enough messages and chatted with a guy to take that first step and just take the plunge. We met for coffee, had a nice hour or so chatting/flirting – he was cool – he was who he said he was, looked like his profile picture and admitted he was happy that I was what he expected. Not even Ashley Madison can guarantee that people are telling the truth, putting up current pics, etc. So, this was a nice surprise. Nothing happened with this guy but I have to say – to be able to meet a like-minded person who was seeking an affair and could talk like a kindred spirit, with no judgment, guilt trips, etc….wow…it felt great. If for anything else, Ashley Madison has created a mostly safe forum for people who want to explore.
Here are some of things I like most about Ashley Madison:
- Discretion – I used a contact email (which is required) of my choosing. I set up a private email using yahoo. That email is never shown to members on the site. Other members don’t even know my zip code. There are all different kinds of payment methods – yes, I upgraded – and the site assures privacy/discretion. Privacy and discretion are the number one/two things that are important to me about this site and it delivers.
- Easy – It’s really a user-friendly site. The more I logged on, the easier it got to navigate around the site and subsequently meet people.
- Reputation – the site is almost 10 years old. That says something in today’s world of fly-by-night dating sites. They’ve fine-tuned it over the years, obviously.
- Results – I set my expectations low. But I’ve met nice guys and yes – I’ve ended up in bed with more than one of them – let me just put that out there. When I chose to upgrade to their ‘Introductory Package’ I found it perfect for me based on the Ashley Madison ‘credit’ system. There is certainly an element of ‘you get what you pay for’ and this is true for this site.
Now – the downside. I think it’s just part of the online dating world (or maybe it’s just me) but wow….I did have to really weed through a lot of profiles to find even a few men that held my interest. Who knows – I probably overlooked some nice guys because they can’t write a decent profile to save their souls, but I found a lot of just poorly-written profiles. I did notice that the site offers tips on how to put a good profile together. Dudes – read up. Not necessarily an Ashley Madison problem, really.
I also feel that the site tries to push its members to buy those upper-level packages, but I get it: it’s not a non-profit (!) and apparently spending more money does guarantee better results. It’s just that there’s a small amount of teasing going on to try to get members to upgrade. I did find myself tempted as I burned through some of my credits, gotta say.
Ashley Madison doesn’t promise a life of eternal bliss and happiness, but it is a place I found where I wasn’t guilt-ridden about choosing to have an affair. No preaching. It felt safe. It was easy. Initially it was free, which was perfect for a skeptic like me. And it’s actually a little secret haven – to be part of a forum with people just like me – ready to move forward with something different.
There’s a lot of hype from other Ashley Madison reviews out there. Do yourself a favor, don’t listen to the hype. Go to the website and give it a shot. I’ve never written or offered a testimonial about anything – that I’ve chosen to go on about Ashley Madison speaks to the product. It’s exceeded my expectations.
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