Couchsurfing is not a dating website
We’ve been carrying on a long distance relationship, myself in San Francisco, California and him in Rome, Italy.
Earlier this year I made Rome my home base as I traveled solo around Italy and to Egypt, Spain, and England.
However as it grew some of the people behind it became corrupt and greedy, and believed Couchsurfing should be turned into a company.
This lead to many of the original volunteers leaving the project to start as well as many of the older and more active members leaving the site or becoming less active.
Other Couch Surfers that I know have admitted to the inherent romantic side effects that happen when two attractive travelers meet in person.
Still, others have recounted horror stories of sexual mishap due to one participant’s misunderstanding of the other participant’s intentions.
Despite many many protests by practically all of it's experienced members it continued to become more and more commercial.
Let’s just say there was rejection, a lot of dramatic crying, and then sweet words of praise when it came time for her to leave him a reference.
Most tryst are short lived, some may never be consummated, still other people, like myself, have mainly used Couch Surfing to find a friendly face when in a new country and discovered some of the most generous and genuine people that would be hard to meet through sheer serendipity.
So the fact that I met my current boyfriend from Couch Surfing does come as a bit of surprise for me, because from what I’ve seen, mostly what happens on Couch Surfing rarely leaves “one trip stand” status.
When I’m not traveling I am enjoying the company of my diverse groups of friends, but I’ll be honest, I rarely date while in San Francisco.
After a particular dating binge, I started feeling like all my dates were the same date repeating itself, only with a different man each time, inevitably there would always be something missing.
So why is it becoming so difficult to find a couch, or even to meet people these days?