This week in the magazine, Nick Paumgarten writes about online dating. I’ll do my best to take and answer your questions without messing this up.On Wednesday, Paumgarten answered readers’ questions in a live chat. Sometimes these things resemble that Coney Island attraction, Shoot the Freak.QUESTION FROM RICHARD: I have experienced a great deal of misrepresentation when I have dated online—in particular as to a persons weight NICK PAUMGARTEN: People lie.
NICK PAUMGARTEN: I’d say it’s not nearly what it was ten years ago.
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It’s setting up two or three Tinder dates a week and, chances are, sleeping with all of them, so you could rack up 100 girls you’ve slept with in a year.”He says that he himself has slept with five different women he met on Tinder—“Tinderellas,” the guys call them—in the last eight days. ”“We don’t know what the girls are like,” Marty says.“And they don’t know us,” says Alex.
Dan and Marty, also Alex’s roommates in a shiny high-rise apartment building near Wall Street, can vouch for that. “She works at—” He says the name of a high-end art auction house. And yet a lack of an intimate knowledge of his potential sex partners never presents him with an obstacle to physical intimacy, Alex says.
They are Dan, Alex, and Marty, budding investment bankers at the same financial firm, which recruited Alex and Marty straight from an Ivy League campus.