Love in the Time of Algorithms

Creepy Service Charges $1,500 to ‘Pimp’ Dudes’ Online Dating Profiles

Why use PDA when we could date her? (Screengrab: Tinder)

Finally, just what we’ve all been waiting for: a site that helps creepy dudes on Tinder be even creepier on Tinder.

Yesterday, we spotted The Daily Dot reporting on Personal Dating Assistance (or PDA — get it?), a site that offers to ghost write dating profiles for dudes with no game. Apparently, the service uses “science” to “pimp” men’s profiles, personalize their messages and even find the “highest quality” matches for them.   

Naturally, we decided to head over to PDA to see what all the hullabaloo was about. We wanted to get the inside scoop on the process, and maybe even sign up for, you know, the sake of #journalism. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Online Dating Coaches Help Hapless Singles Meet Their Mates

Consultant Laurie Davis, client Chanel Omari, and fellow dating coach John Keegan. (Photo: instagram.com/eflirtexpert)

Michelle’s path through the world of online dating has been littered with frauds, phonies and disappointments. Take the cop who claimed he was on disability leave. On their first date, he let slip that his “leave” was actually a suspension, the result of charges that he had beaten an ex-girlfriend.

Then there was the runway model who claimed to divide his time between New York, Miami and Houston—“It’s always a red flag when there are multiple cities,” Michelle said with an eye roll—but couldn’t produce a single nonprofessional photo of himself. He had plenty of close-ups of his abs, though! That imposter turned out to have lifted his images from a Bloomingdale’s catalog.

And don’t even get her started on the innumerable married men who tried to court her online.  Read More