(Riccardo and other Couchsurfing users quoted in this article asked to be identified by pseudonyms.) On the business front, the crowdsourced hospitality site has been experiencing a rough patch lately.
Back then, the truth about my viewing habits was that I already relied heavily on streaming services, and I knew that most of my regular shows were available through them.
But there was no easy, obvious streaming options for a handful of my most beloved programs, and having a DVR meant that I rarely watched any live TV.
Nowhere does the profile state explicitly that if you are an attractive female traveler, you might skip the couch entirely and wind up in Riccardo’s bed, but it’s a good possibility.
In eight months using the service, Riccardo, who is 32 and works for an ad agency, has let eight visitors crash at his apartment, of whom he’s hooked up with five, for a 62 percent “success rate.” If you count the additional two who climbed into bed with him for a cuddle and then fell asleep, the percentage climbs even higher.
Note that I didn't mention any of my favorite shows from Netflix or Amazon in that list above.
Nothing changed in the way I watch those after the cable subscription was gone.In my kitchen, I have a dry erase board on which I keep a running list of groceries to buy and chores to do.Two years ago, I had "CANCEL CABLE" written at the bottom in big loopy purple letters, circled for emphasis, plus an old cable bill stuck to it with a magnet just in case my message to myself wasn't clear enough.After dropping a link to those sites in a Grindr chat, the spambot ceases responding, except to ask why you haven’t joined him yet.Users could be forgiven for assuming spambots wouldn’t be an issue in Grindr.Bloggers like Maverick Traveler will help you spot the “8 Signs of a Slutty Couch Surfer Girl” by decoding her profile, and female-centric advice site You Queen has even offered tips on “How to Use Couch Surfing as a Dating Site and Get Away with It.” Meanwhile, a site called Couch Bangs.com, which declares that “Couchsurfing isn’t just for Couchsurfing,” offers a forum for proud couch-cuddlers to share their experiences via short posts with titles like “French Girl in Istanbul” and “Brazilian Girl in New York.” Couch Surfing’s Community Guidelines explicitly warn against contacting other members for dating, noting, “we will consider this harassment” — albeit without stipulating what the penalties are for violating this rule.