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Dating Vandalized. Paperback


29 first dates, two dating managers, and one bot later, Dating Vandalized offers readers a visceral look into one woman’s quest for love in the digital realm, navigating the apps that hold enormous potential to both connect us and circle us further from intimacy, immediacy, and finding the deepest desires of our hearts.

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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.

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Weight 300 g
Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.375 in