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What if you could hack online dating to bypass the bullshit and find the relationship you really want?
30-year-old Katerina Lyadova found herself stuck in the “Tinder cycle” – an endless, time-consuming merry-go-round of mindless chats and lackluster dates with random men.
Modern dating felt like a full-time job. So she decided to outsource it, hiring a dating manager to swipe and type for her on popular apps Tinder and OkCupid. The dates simply dropped into her calendar: all she had to do was show up.
Her experiment, dubbed “Dating Vandalized,” delivered more than she bargained for, including coverage from local media, a dating dashboard “overflowing with hot dudes,” and a brief tryst with a bot – along with some very interesting results.
A fresh hybrid of memoir, self-help, and literary non-fiction, Dating Vandalized offers readers a sexy, dark, and humorous glimpse into one woman’s quest for love in the digital realm. It goes beyond traditional dating books to take the reader on a journey into the darker corners of the author’s romantic life while confronting the 30-something-curse: attractive, successful, and still single. What’s holding her – and us – back?
There are people behind these screens. Can they be captured by an algorithm? Defined by a list of likes and dislikes? Selected and vetted by a third party, either human or robot?
It depends on what you see behind the Tinder cards – and how you play the hands you’re dealt.