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September 06, 2011

Judging people on shallow stuff is human nature

And Alyssa Bereznak is a world champion. Her first two weeks on OKCupid were "the online equivalent to hanging out alone in a dark, date-rapey bar." Barraged with creepy messages, she was happy to meet a "normal" henge fund manager for a drink.

Until she discovered he was Magic: The Gathering champion, Jon Finkel (hat tip to Pocket War Comics).

I later found out that Jon infiltrated his way into OKCupid dates with at least two other people I sort of know, including one of my co-workers. Mothers, warn your daughters! This could happen to you.

Alyssa Bereznak puts her cards on the table in the unedited, Australian version of her article.

I was lured on a date thinking I’d met a normal finance guy, only to realise he was a champion dweeb in hedge funder’s clothing… if everyone stopped lying in their profiles, maybe there also wouldn’t be quite as many OKCupid horror stories to tell.

This was after their second date, mind you: "That’s right, even after she learned about his hobby, Googled him to confirm his professional career AND criticized his internet dating etiquette, she still went out on another date with the guy."

But then, if you can't pick up after two weeks in a dark, date-rapey bar, your options are limited.

Comments at BoardGameGeek.

Here's hoping she dies alone as a bitter spinster who's dessicated body is found in her one-room apartment (clogged with hundreds of old issues of "Glamour" and "Cosmopolitan" magazines) after being partially devoured by her starving pack of cats.

Also: The Cliffnotes version.

But wait: Really, we're still making fun of nerds? Really?

For the ladies: What is Jon Finkel looking for in a woman? "Self awareness and intellectual curiosity." Hey Jon, here's a pro-tip: They're not on OKCupid (and they don't write for Jezebel).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 6, 2011 06:48 AM