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

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Boyfriend and Girlfriend Broadcasting Silly Fights on Twitter Are Surprisingly Endearing

Funny, they don't look pugnacious. (Screengrab: Twitter.com/wefoughtabout)

We all know the Internet can conjure relationships out of nothing more than thin air and a WiFi router. But where’s tech when you’re embroiled in the nitty gritty of a relationship, jousting with your partner over non-issues like pizza toppings and text message response time?

One Chicago couple might just figure that out. Claire Meyer and Alan Linic have tweeted the cause of every fight they’ve had since August, New York Mag reports, and the resultant account, @WeFoughtAbout, is a real beaut. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Newly Engaged Couple Proves Future Rom Coms Will Revolve Around Instagram ‘Likes’

Love without a filter...? (Photo: Instagram.com/denislafargue)

No longer considered a sad tool for the socially inept, online dating is more popular than ever. From Match.com to Tinder to the extra-perplexing LoveRoom, we’re all abandoning our hopes for romantic comedy meet-cutes in favor of finding our soul mates via impersonal electronic devices.

So it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that one pair of betrothed millennials met via Instagram. She posted a picture of some lake in Oregon, ABC News reports. He, a complete and total stranger, commented on it.  Read More

Going Viral

This Video Proves You Shouldn’t Date Someone With ‘a Friend at Match.com’

The end is nigh. (Screenshot: YouTube)

Online dating is responsible for a lot of successful, long-term unions–but as this video shows, it can also expedite the implosion process if your relationship is getting wobbly.

In “A Relationship in Five Minutes,” Autumn Stein and Matthew C. Flynn act out your typical hetero match-up in a single, impressive, five-minute take. It starts with the two of them meeting for the first time, then going on their first date. Read More

Crime and Punishment

James Holmes’s Online Dating Profiles Will Be Used as Evidence in Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

James Holmes, left, and his defense attorney, Daniel King, in June. (Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty)

The trial of James Holmes, the suspect accused of going on a shooting rampage in a Colorado movie theater, is in its beginning stages–and the suspect’s online dating activity may figure prominently into the prosecution’s case.

Mr. Holmes returns to court today for two weeks of hearings focused on evidence prosecutors may use against him, the New York Post reports. Read More