"New popularity or not, I remain stubborn in my suspicion that detailed classified ads are an excellent way to buy a car, and a terrible way to find a lover."I think she's on to something here. In a general publication you have to be lyrical, concise and somewhat intriguing to elicit a response (she quotes several excellent and often hilarious examples) while online the proliferation of sexually specialist websites allows you to narrow down the criteria by which you will judge a potential partner, there may be simply no-one, at least no-one within traveling distance to make this more than a cyber-relationship, in the world that qualifies.
I put an ad once in a London gay newspaper, Capital Gay, some decades ago and it read:
"This charming man looking for sweet and tender hooligan to oscillate wildly."I got several replies but only one stood out, written on a postcard:
"How soon is now?"Pity there were no contact details.