They'd been high all weekend long — on Ecstasy, coke, mushrooms and acid — so there seemed little harm in doing one last bump of Special K while they packed up to leave their ,000-a-night duplex in South Beach.
For the past three days, the three friends had barely bothered leaving their hotel, as a dozen club kids in town for Winter Music Conference, the annual festival that draws DJs and ravers from all over the world, flocked to their luxury suite to partake of the drug smorgasbord laid out on the coffee table.
Later, during a mandatory polygraph test, a police officer slid a pen and paper toward Trevor, demanding that he write down every username and online alias he has ever had.
Trevor, a young, self-identified "freaky queer video/net artist," found this request laughable and troublingly out-of-touch.
To help answer that question, keep the following in mind: Free sites are geared toward casual daters, while paid sites tend to be for people looking for a serious relationship.
Of course, it’s not always that simple, and there are exceptions.
Free sites may also work better for individuals who are separated, but not yet divorced (or separated with no immediate intention to divorce).
Stephen Watt, a freakishly tall bodybuilder, was planted on the big leather sofa, immobile as the hotel suite's potted palm.
Only 23, Watt was the group's coding genius, who until recently had been employed in the IT department at Morgan Stanley, the giant Wall Street investment bank.
You may even find that online dating isn’t right for you – if that’s the case, all the better to find out without investing much into the process.
Free sites generally offer more flexibility for different types of relationships, including casual hookups and same-sex relationships.
But even stoned on industrial-grade horse tranquilizers, Albert Gonzalez remained focused on business — checking his laptop constantly, keeping tabs on the rogue operators he employed in Turkey and Latvia and China, pushing, haranguing, issuing orders into his cellphone in a steady voice.
"Let's see if this Russian asshole has what I need," he'd say calmly.
So why not ask an organization that has 100 years of experience in talking about sexually transmitted infections (STI) and was among the the first to offer a STI helpline more than 35 years ago.
You can now speak with ASHA staff and get your questions answered by phone or chat with no wait.
Watch the video to the right to learn more about it.
This paid service enables you to bypass the long waits experienced on ASHA’s free STI helpline.