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Winter storm Juno got a lot of hype before it even hit. And after everyone finished off their pre-storm to-do lists, some realized they wanted one more thing: company. Where some people saw disaster, hundreds of other New Yorkers saw romantic opportunity. Since no one wants to wait out a blizzard alone—even if it means inviting a stranger over—they decided to post ads on Craigslist.
In the past 24 hours, the personals section of Craigslist has gotten a lot of attention. When searching the term “blizzard” within the entire section (men seeking women, men seeking men, women seeking men, etc.), 417 new ads pop up. Some are pretty colorful.
…While the personal section got over 400 new posts collectively, breaking it down subcategory to subcategory yielded some pretty interesting results. The number of blizzard-related posts in the “Casual Encounters” section totaled 213, the highest of all the subcategories. Coming in second was the “Men Seeking Men” category, with a total of 99 blizzard-related posts. “Men Seeking Women” comes in third, with a slightly lower 75 posts. Then the noticeable drop-off kicks in. A mere 11 blizzard-related posts appear in the “Women Seeking Men” category. “Women Seeking Women” hardly even factors in with just three ads.
Maybe the trends speak to how certain subcultures connect, or maybe not. What we can conclude is that everybody loves company (especially when “company” is code for sex). Winter storm Juno just proves we’re getting more creative at finding it.