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Around this time two years ago, I created an online dating profile. I wasn’t opposed to dating, but I had exhausted the friends of friends category. She advised me that online dating probably wasn’t the path to a relationship, but it would get me out of my dating rut. I had a busy social life, a job I liked, smart friends, and a general aversion to committed relationships—and no incentive to clear the way for dudes. Then my friend Priscilla—an attractive, normal, and well-socialized young woman—signed up for Ok Cupid.“It’ll make you stop being such a judgmental bitch,” was how she put it.“You’ll have to be nice to people.” Online dating was, in my bitchy and judgmental estimation, for women who wanted to get married, stat, and were willing to settle for whatever turned up a few clicks away.On the other hand, real-life dating had so far led me to a former frat boy who got jealous when a homeless man talked to me, a gay guy who was looking for a woman to bear his children, and a 40-something singer in a Rick James cover band who once pooped his pants on . Besides, someone to ice skate alongside in Bryant Park sounded nice. 10 are sleeping, 5 are flying, 4 are playing and 1 is reading this,” one of the first messages read.So I logged onto Ok Cupid, uploaded some flattering photos, listed a bunch of pretentious favorite books and music, and waited. Within a day, I had received dozens of new communiques.Most days, I would scroll through them for a minute or two, then get quickly overwhelmed and click “close tab.” For every 20 or 30 messages I received, I responded to maybe one.
People lie—despite the appearances of my tightly curated online profile, my typical Friday night is not actually spent out drinking whiskey, but rather downing a bottle of wine on my couch.But at least you get a sense of the kind of person a potential mate can be when they put their most dateable face forward.In my two years on Ok Cupid, I’ve gone on a handful of dates and been treated to hundreds more hilarious, offensive and often bizarre messages.And the process of ferreting out the weirdos was oddly cathartic.Offline, women are socialized to Be Nice (or at least to be polite and respond to advances).