When I visited Anaïs in Paris, I signed her up for OK Cupid to run a quick experiment. First I asked if she had a slutty photo. "Yes," she replied, instantly. It was a pic of her lounging on a deckchair by a swimming pool. She was in a bikini, and fellating the arm of her sunglasses. It was a nice mix of slutty and classy. But mostly slutty. Perfect.
"You know what?" I said. "Let's not even bother filling in the profile. Just height, that you don't smoke, and the languages you speak."
Done. "Now let's check out some guys." There were 37 pages of guys in Paris who had been online in the last week. "You have much more choice here than I do in Switzerland. I've got like two pages." I found a good-looking guy with a cool profile and wrote to him:
"Hey, I like your profile. Let's get a coffee and a muffin and go to a bookshop and choose books for each other."
Ten seconds later, we had a message. It was from some random guy. "Hey let's meet and have a casual flirt," he said. While I was checking his (sleazy) profile we got another message. Half an hour in, six guys had written to her. Six!
Finally, at the end of a long process, I had truly mastered online dating. The secret is simple - be a woman, and post a provocative picture.
|Anais's boyfriend. Great sense of humour!|