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Published November 24, 2013, 08:14 PM

The Internet is making it easier to look for desires beyond dating

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)- As you just saw, it's no secret that the internet is gateway for big business when it comes to matchmaking-- but beyond dating, how easy is it for those looking to satisfy more base desires?

By: Drew Trafton, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)- As you just saw, it's no secret that the internet is gateway for big business when it comes to matchmaking-- but beyond dating, how easy is it for those looking to satisfy more base desires?

Of all the popular activities online-- two stand above the rest:

The king is social media-- but it's only recently, within the last few years, that sites such as Facebook and Twitter have taken the top of the hill.

Before that, pornography reigned supreme-- and still has a strong hold on the number 2 spot.

"Beautiful people have all the power."

Of course, this did not go unnoticed by those running websites in the dating world.

"Don't feel powerless."

And now one popular application is taking "chance" out of the equation entirely.

"Bribery."

Carrot Dating is an application that requires one party to leave gifts for the person they're interested in with the hope that the receiver will then find it an acceptable incentive for going on a date.

"Dangle the right carrot, and you've got a date!"

Sarah Cannedy/Junior at MSUM: "Prostitution is probably a harsh word."

It's an old concept gone digital and one that draws diverse reaction.

Chris Carpenter/Fargo Resident: "To each their own, If that's how people meet. If they need gifts, I guess, give them gifts."

Of course, it would be a massive assumption to think everyone on the site is looking for sex.

"Thousands of nearby singles"

So, let's cut through the red tape,

"That one's definitely sexual."

and look for those people strictly looking for sexual activity online.

Craigslist is an immensely popular website chalk full of local "classifieds" which includes a personals section.

"Not sex."

I tallied up the number of personals posted in one day from the F-M area...

"yep."

and then compared that number to how many of the postings were looking for sex.

"30,35”

to how many of the postings were looking for sex.

"...39 people looking for sex."

In my unscientific study...

"divided by the 46 people who posted personal "

I found that about 85 percent of the postings strongly implied an interest in finding a partner for casual sexual activity.

Lance Patten/Fargo Resident: "I've got to go on Craigslist right now. I'll talk to you another day."

A number that also drew a unique reaction.

Alissa Mears SOT- "I think that's pathetic I guess. Honestly, I mean, if you have to go to Craigslist to try to find a par... I don't know... Yeah.

Patten: "Don't do it."

Like it or not, 85% really isn't all that out of the ordinary.

In fact, I compared our numbers to a television market of similar size with a university: Youngstown, Ohio.

In Youngstown, more than 89% of the personals directly implied sexual activity.

So, just on face value it would appear Fargo-Moorhead is right on par when it comes to finding sex in cyber space.

Of course, it's not all about sex.

It's estimated by some online research that as many as 40,000,000 people in the United States have tried online dating.

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