Ted talks online dating
I’ve mentioned Amy Webb before, and her book Data: A Love Story.
When yet another romantic relationship came “burning down in a spectacular fashion,” Amy Webb sought the advice of her friends and family, including her grandmother. True love will find you when you least expect it,’” Webb recalls in her TED Talk.
This advice struck Webb, who works with data for a living, as preposterous.
She had calculated that, in the entire city of Philadelphia, only 35 men had all the qualities she was look for and was still single.
She made a list of 72 items that she was looking for in a man, then ranked them by priority. All this said, not everyone is thrilled with the sweet nerds they meet online.She created a fake male profile so she could decode popular women’s strategies and then reverse-engineer her own profile. Take, for example, writer Alyssa Bereznak who wrote the Gizmodo essay, “My Brief OKCupid Affair with a World Champion Magic: The Gathering Player.” After two dates, she broke things off with him, concluding, “Maybe I’m shallow for not being able to see past Jon’s world title. But there’s a larger point here: that judging people on shallow stuff is human nature; one person’s Magic is another person’s fingernail biting.” What has your experience been with online dating?