Jennifer Egan, author of one of my favorite recent novels, Look at Me, has an article in today’s New York Times Magazine on the challenges and expectations associated with online dating. It’s pretty interesting stuff with references to Spring Street, Match, and Friendster, and discussions of “serial dating” and deceptive profiles.
I’ve dabbled in the online dating scene a few times (I’m currently taking a break), so I’m always interested in articles that might tell me more about my habits. But I’m most intrigued by her interviews with “Regan,” a technical writer living in Atlanta who uses Salon.com’s dating service (part of the Spring Street network), in part because I think I may have dated her once. It would have been about a year ago, and there was no “chemistry” (Egan’s subtle analysis of this online dating buzzword is one of the strongest moments in the article) so we never communicated after that first meeting. I’m not entirely sure that I’m remembering correctly which probably says something about my terrible memory or about my desire to be immortalized (however obscurley) in the New York Times.