A couple of months ago, I was sitting at a bar minding my own business when the woman next to me did something strange.Surrounded by potential partners, she pulled out her phone, hid it coyly beneath the counter, and opened the online dating app Tinder."The Ok Cupid Honesty Project: An Exercise in Truth Telling," New York City artist Jessica Prusa explores this idea of online personaes using one of the most popular dating sites for young people.For the project, Prusa created an Ok Cupid profile for a nude, self-portrait themed art exhibition and filled in all the sections with the cringe-worthy truth.This product of social conditioning rears its ugly head online even more so, as an average of seven men compete for the attention of one woman.
Post-graduation, when people scattered to new, far-flung cities, dating online became an alluring way to narrow down the options. It lets you be immediately choosy in a way you maybe wouldn’t be in real life.
Online dating is no longer stigmatized as the realm of the middle-aged, the recently divorced, the socially awkward, or the dudes who live with their moms.
In college, tons of my friends had internet dating profiles, and lots of them had successful dates and relationships because of it.
On her screen, images of men appeared and then disappeared to the left and right, depending on the direction in which she wiped.
I felt a deep sense a rejection -- not personally, but on behalf of everyone at the bar.