But my goal wasn’t to fuck around, I was here to find that special someone. We took turns, and she rowed with the vigor of a thousand vikings.
The excess of choice made me wary of missing out on my perfect match. To make sure I wouldn’t miss out, I designed a rigorous first-date process. I went on 150 first dates but didn’t manage to find the One. At some point, we got lost and I used this opportunity to steal a magical first kiss. I wanted to tell her that I liked her, but I was anxious that she wouldn’t.
One decided to end things despite “having enjoyed her time with me, for what it’s worth”. In the process, I also found out something horrible: I still believe technology can hack love, though that belief is likely irrational.
Another was exceptionally caring, and made me feel special, valued. Technology is leverage, and I think I leveraged it wrong: the execution was fine but the strategy wasn’t.
Hey single people: At a loss for what to say every time a friend or family member tells you to give online dating a try?
There's no need to say anything -- just show them this list.
At least then you’re pretty much guaranteed to get some kind of response, right? A full third of guys who try online dating sites and apps never go on a single date, and that’s despite spending 5.2 hours a week looking at profiles, then another 6.7 hours sending out messages.
Isn’t it just better to hang out in the produce aisle and ask women how to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe?
There’s always the allure of finding something better or just different.
When you know someone in common, there’s a bit of reputation on the line so you behave differently.
You get a response every now and again, but rarely from anyone you actually want to date.
Even worse, you’ve been ghosted so many times your bros have started calling you Casper.