I've been on this site for over 5 years; seasoned GaG veteran here! :-P
I suppose you COULD use this site in a dating-type way if u wanted, but u gotta understand a few things:
1) This website's architecture isn't built for being a dating and hookup site. let me give you a few examples:
-only allowing two photos per profile -allowing users as young as age 13 to sign up here -the lack of being able to list the city in which you reside (the most u can put is your country, and maybe your province/state) -until about a month ago, this site didn't even list ppl's actual ages; just an age range
2) The girls here, overall, are NOT here to date or hookup... and to be blunt, are quite defensive towards just about any guy making dating-type advances on them, let alone meeting anyone in real life from here.
I understand the draw and comfort to GaG. This website has a early 2000s chat-room type of feel. There's also a sense of community here as well (although it's been weakened a bit over the past two years once the site became more well-known). I also joke around how this website is like an internet town lol.
But for the purpose of dating... I don't think it works well here at all.
I think it's corny. I mean, if you HAPPEN to meet someone on here, and they live close enough to meet up, whatever, I'm not going to knock it. But to come on here with the sole purpose of throwing game at chicks that might live on another continent? I mean... you don't know any girls in real life, bro? I get that you're trying to cast a wide net, but get serious.
Its not impossible to use it in that way and if my memory serves correctly im fairly sure it has been used in that way before.
However, because it isn't set up to be a dating site, activities such as catfishing and just deception in general will be much easier and much more common due to the less intimate nature of the information available on the site.
So, if you do want to use it in that way then use it with care.