As evidenced by the countless dystopian portrayals of technologically mediated love that come across our screens think Spike Jonze's Her or the Black Mirror Season 4 episode "Hang the DJ" as well as real-world conversations with friends and colleagues, we're collectively wary of online dating and its implications for the future of romance and human connection. Meanwhile, IRL origin stories are seen as sacred. Why are we so hesitant to believe that online dating can work? Maybe it's the stigma. How many Tinder swipes are necessary for me to find true love? Flippancy aside, I realize not everyone may believe in soulmates or even marriage for that matter, but whatever your intent, do you find yourself wondering if online dating even works? I know I do.
Still, it was far from a smooth journey. Though, in that respect, I guess I do have eHarmony and Match to thank for my writing career. Armed with years of slow-churned cynicism, I took to the internet to see if others shared my experiences. What I uncovered were some harsh realities about online dating that no one ever talks about. After the jump, some things you might not have known… 1.
I showed up here with big expectations, curious about what speed dating is really like and hopeful I might at least meet someone intriguing. Now it's 10 seconds into Date One and I fear this was a terrible mistake. Oh, and running. I enjoy that, too, sometimes. In truth, I came here hoping for a funny story, something I could joke about with my friends as I recalled the things I do to try to salvage my struggling love life.
Almost everyone from Wilkes-Barre moved to Philadelphia for college in I was a year late to the party but moved down there right in time for Blacklisted to start, a band that ultimately changed my life. While living in Philly, I was asked to help start a new band with other Wilkes-Barre dudes because three of us lived in Philly. That would be Cold World.
I later played in Blacklisted on and off for a few years as well.