“It’s like a fast food restaurant; no tomatoes, no onions, no fats, no femmes, no blacks and no AARPs.”A diverse herd of buoyant New Yorkers have taught me that though we have widely embraced algorithm-matchmaking and digi-flirtations, finding a date — let alone love — isn’t getting any easier.
The incredible volume of available singles using online dating services forces users to travel a wide circuit of sentiments and responses within incredibly short intervals, often turning into an intensely overwhelming task.“It’s exhausting,” 22-year-old shampooist Virginia Wade explains with a set of dramatic hand gestures, “There’s nothing but jerks, womanizers and creeps out there.
Ghost writer for online dating
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Some New York singles have it figured out: They pay a dating-app ghostwriter to do the flirting for them. The next time a guy sends you a particularly witty opener on Coffee Meets Bagel, consider the possibility that it was written by a 41-year-old married mother of two on the Upper West Side.
That would be Meredith Golden, New York City’s Tinder whisperer.
When I moved to New York in 2012, I had intended to become an investigative reporter; the sort of writer that people at boozy brunches would detail with superlatives like “provocateur.” I imagined that the city would welcome me with a spacious apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows and a well-mannered doorman eager to help me with my plentiful bags of organic groceries.