A female journalist/digital media strategist's wry account of how she used mathematics, data analysis and spreadsheets to find the love of her life. Time was running out for 30-something Webb, who desperately wanted to get married and begin a family. So she followed the guidance of friends and family and attempted online dating "to throw a very wide web" and locate "an ideal man." Unfortunately, her computer matches were less than inspiring. Some blatantly misrepresented themselves; others were bores, dorks, egotists, mooches, sex fiends or married men on the make. Webb finally recognized that she was not getting better answers for two reasons: her own lack of specificity about what she wanted in a potential partner and the absence of a private system to help her determine which matches would make great dates. She developed a listing of 72 desired characteristics, which she subsequently boiled down to 25, rated and numerically weighted according to importance. Webb afterward went to work revamping her online profile in order to get the most replies from the best potential matches for her. To get the information she needed to do this, she created several profiles for fictional men with the features she sought. Backpage escorts in Fontas. All the females who responded seemed shallow, but Webb also saw they were among the most popular with the most attractive and successful guys. Afterward she had a flash of insight: Regardless of their real-world achievements, "these women were approachable and seemed easy to date." Equipped with this particular knowledge, the author recreated her on-line picture to promote herself as "the sexy-girl-next door" rather than a competitive, neurosis-stricken workaholic. Ultimately, she got her man, "a storybook wedding" and the longed for child. But some readers may wonder how the matters Webb "finds" around successful dating through her research might have eluded her in the very first place. Agreeable, geeky fun.
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It did not start out so poorly. My friend Jenna came over on a Wednesday night, because it was February first, and we decided that something like this should occur on a first day of the month. We poured ourselves glasses of wine and set about describing ourselves in the finest, most appealing, most unique, most fascinating ways we maybe could. We were truthful, however. Largely. I mean, yes, technically I'm five-eleven and a half, but I am not going to round up to six feet online, am I? Is this what guys are thinking when they list their heights as five-ten even though you understand, in your heart, that they're five-seven? But in inverse? Goddammit. This is why online dating is terrible.
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Look, I understand it's not easy out there for guys, either. (Is not it? I believe it actually could be. Easier, anyhow. Less horrifying.) For some reason it appears like standard operating procedure, among those with opposite-sex interests, that MEN message GIRLS and that's that. I think this is on the way out, but it's lingering. So guys have some pressure---they're the ones who have to make a move" and then simply wait while my friends and I gasp and laugh and email each other the whole garbage they've only sent us. I would feel awful, except that the authors of the messages that evoke that kind of reaction most definitely do not give a fuck. You know how I know? Because they sent that same precise masturbatory-bum message to me AND two of my pals. Word. For. Word.
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