All three services would continue to email me new profiles every day. Jeff Goldblum isn’t going to date someone who wears what you wear to work.” My date with Mench Tastic kept me preoccupied the rest of the day. I bet he has sexy hands—strong, veiny even, but soft.I was sitting at my desk at work when sent me a similar reminder message, this time highlighting Mench Tastic, and his profile immediately grabbed my attention. I sat through a client meeting discussing the usability of a website, and all I could think about was his photo gallery. I looked at my watch more often than I should have, waiting for the meeting to end.
After some trial and error and a lot of research and reverse-engineering, not only did Webb become the most “popular person online” but she also met her "Prince Charming," whom she eventually married and had a child with.
She went on write about her experience with online dating in Data: A Love Story, which you can catch a humorous excerpt from on Slate.
He was 33, was a nonsmoker, and said explicitly that he wanted kids. We finally wrapped up our discussion, but without enough time to head home first, I went straight to Longshots and decided to wait at the bar for him.
He was also a journalist covering the city hall beat for one of the local newspapers. I ordered a club soda with a twist of lime, which looked like my usual first-date drink but contained none of the potentially dangerous alcohol.
He had thick, dark curly hair and wore modern horn-rimmed glasses. You can’t make yourself that available.” But he’s so good-looking. It was dim but not too dark, and it was the one place in the bar that didn’t cast the kind of bad shadows that could add a week of sleepless nights plus another 20 years to my face.
In one picture, he was wearing white slacks (linen maybe? He looked serene and content, standing with a very tan, old sailor behind the wheel of a large yacht. I threw my gigantic bag, packed with my laptop and dating data, next to me as I sat down and sunk into the cushion.
Well, luckily, Webb leaves us with some great universal advice:“All you have to really do is figure out your own framework, and play by your own rules, and feel free to be as picky as you want.”In other words, know yourself and what you want before jumping in the terrifying, creep-filled abyss that is online dating.
Feel free to check out Webb's talk at TED.com, or view it below!
As inspiring a modern love story as this is, not all of us are data analysts/CEOs of businesses that deal with Fortune 500 companies.
How are simple folk like us supposed to pull off Ocean's 11-level hacking on dating sites when we barely passed high school algebra (don't judge, my mom says I'm artistic)?
We weren’t quite finishing each other’s sentences, but I mirrored his enthusiasm and found myself thinking faster and grinning more. I can serve it with a few twists of orange peel to bring out the citrus notes.” What a shockingly different experience from my ill-fated date with Mr Jim1971, who wanted to be the know-it-all expert on food and wine during our insanely expensive meal.