Notepad on Life

March 12, 2010

Dating agencies and a social experiment

Filed under: crime,Relationships — - @ 2:06 pm
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And to think I feel guilty about dallying on Facebook…

N tells me he’s having some fun with online dating agencies, where you can post your picture and supporting text.

N cuts and pastes photos of wholesome boy-next-door types that he’s plucked from elsewhere on the Internet, embellishes their images with saintly and completely fabricated pen pictures and then nods knowingly as they arouse barely a flicker of a response.

This leads to phase two of his delve into the twisted corners of the human psyche. He plants a photograph of a convicted sex offender (“a study in raw perversion” N assures me) alongside the same words and watches the the clicks from ‘Interested of Des Moines/Duluth/Droitwich’ stack up like there’s no tomorrow, before deleting his creation and planning the next one.

His findings, no matter how ad hoc, undoubtedly raise a question. Were he to present them to a psychologist, however, I suspect I know what the answer would be.

“I’ll take a peek later, Mr ***. Let’s talk a little bit about you, first, shall we…?”


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