I remember the day after, when my flatmate asked me how it went. I beamed at her over my cup of tea. I met that man about 10 years ago.
Millions of other people. Our lonely little hearts are very big business.
Online dating may appear to be the swiftest route to love, or something like it. But until you win grand prize — never having to do it again — it always feels a last resort, the sign that you possess a fatal flaw that has prevented the achievement of true love through one of the more classic routes: These days, if you do go on a date with someone you meet out in the world, everyone is very surprised and will get very excited: Tell us again about how he talked to you on the tube!
The proliferation of websites and dating apps has not necessarily been a good thing.
I know quite a few people who have found love through OKCupid and "Why do people do online hookup" — marriage, in a couple of cases — but I know far more who have been on two or three dates with nice people who have drifted and disappeared after a promising start.
The rise of Tinder as the default platform has especially increased the speed and volume of choosing and rejecting. Once we read long-form profiles. Now we maniacally, obsessively screen candidates in milliseconds. For example, you could find out if the man you went on a date with last night was looking for other women while you popped to the loo in the middle of dinner he was.