Humans are a strange species. Even as we overpopulate the planet and invent previously unimaginable technology, which, in theory, makes our world more connected, we make less real-life connections, instead communicating almost exclusively through digital tools. Ironic much?
I have never been an especially social person. Even in school, I stuck to my little group but I continually plugged into an online community of gamers and IT nerds. Part of the reason I took the leap to move to the big city was to make connections in person. I figured just through coming into contact with more people I would make more friends.
It hasn’t worked out like I imagined it would. In my short time here I have found that the impenetrable crowds are even more plugged-in and even less likely to acknowledge strangers. People walk by each other, press up against each other in the train and go about their business without making eye contact once.
Recently, my friend Hamsa and I, somehow started talking about Internet dating and apps that are supposed to find you your other half. We fantasize about making our own. You have to play to your advantage, I suppose. Among our not-so-brilliant ideas are a dating app with no photos and a dating video game.
We of course downloaded the most popular apps for “research.”
In a way it is empowering to take decisive action towards meeting girls, but on the other hand it feels incredibly unnatural and cruel to basically shop for a date online. For every girl’s profile that I click the “no” button, I imagine a thousand saying no to me.
The saving grace of the dating apps is that you can only chat with girls who “like” you back. So, basically the developers have done away with rejection.
I have yet to chat with a real living girl, but I am holding out for my beautiful nerd.
Hopefully the small changes I am making in my life will help my profile become more appealing. At least I don’t feel like such a loser knowing Hamsa and I are kindred souls because of our love for numbers and our lack of love from the ladies.