The ghostwriters of online dating: A Q&A with the man who created Personal Dating Assistant
By Caitlin Dewey April 30, 2014; The Washington Post
“Online dating is the new normal that — somehow! — no one seems able to figure out. There are entire books dedicated to it. Blogs. Classes, even. Now, in what may mark either the high or low point for the Internet as a communications medium, a company called Personal Dating Assistants is offering not only to tell you how to online date, but to do it for you — for a price, of course…”
What does this more closely evoke: the romance of Cyrano de Bergerac; the zany smitten behavior of the stalkers in There’s Something About Mary; or an e-pimp?
I’d imagine it’s embarrassing for couples to tell others that they met through a dating website. But it couldn’t be as awkward as the following admission. “Oh, and here’s the best part: I had to pay someone to help me! I have absolutely no social skills! My EQ is so low, I can’t tell if you’re laughing or crying right now. A seizure, perhaps?”