Craigslist Casual Encounters More Popular than Match

Craigslist has been *the* place for casual encounters for quite some time. Today’s New York Times Recklessly Seeking Sex on Craigslist features interviews with people looking for sex on the venerable online community.

Ads in the Casual Encounters section account for 2 percent of all Craigslist postings, according to the company. It also says that traffic to all the Craigslist personals sites—which include a separate one for romance and one for “missed connections”, where people try to find the cutie they flirted with on the L train— is higher than for any other online personals site, including Match.com, eHarmony and Yahoo personals.

Craigslist charges a $5 fee and require a phone number for people posting “erotic services.” A company statement said the move led to an immediate 80 percent drop in postings to that section.

Lots of stories about the online (and off) sexcapades of people looking for very specific types of intimacy and thrills. Pretty racy stuff for the NY Times.