Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Dating and Romance: It's Who You Know

Every office environment has one: the weird co-worker who writes pretty good emails. This person is kind of witty, maybe even has a little bit of a charming sardonic quality from time to time.

Think about the place in your mind where you go when you read this person's emails. Do you ever feel a strange comfort that makes it seem as though the person isn't actually "weird" at all?

And yet as you read you know what bothers you about the writer and you know these reasons are dealbreakers for friendship or anything more than a cordial professional relationship; maybe the person behaves poorly in meetings, maybe doesn't bathe regularly or use a toothbrush - or barely hides some bundle of ugly personality characteristics. As you momentarily separate the writer from the content, do you ever notice a sense of fascination that the writing persona reveals none of the above?

Ah, this is the cloak of intrigue that creates the appearance of possibility. And it is what internet dating relies on.

's'all I'm sayin'.

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