With dozens of dating apps just one tap away, online dating has become something that's fairly common in this day and age. However, it's more than apparent that digitally getting to know someone can be a far, far way from the real thing. Yes, you can swipe left or right upon viewing someone's photos, you can filter your possible matches by age, distance or pretty much anything one could think of, but what happens when you get to meet that person only to find out that expectation and reality are two completely different things?
Simple Pickup has done a social experiment to find out what exactly does happen in such a situation. The plan was simple enough:
Step 1: Create a Tinder profile for a gorgeous girl and line up five dates;
Step 2: Put the girl in a fat suit and
Step 3: watch what happens on the dates.
Needless to say, the result exposes sad, yet eye opening situations. Check out the video below:
So, interestingly enough this brings out two different points of view:
A. A second chance to make a first impression.
In a situation like this, when meeting someone doesn't exactly turn out as expected, you essentially have a second chance to start over and really get to know the person - you know, the old fashioned way, more than their carefully curated online profile ever could. Sadly, as it turns out, not a lot of people can do that, putting the physical aspect of the other person way above their personality.
"I don't mean to be rude, but in your photos you're a lot skinnier [...] it's very upsetting, I'm a little upset, I wasted gas and my time to come over here and - I can't do this."
Sure, there is another aspect we should take into consideration: the app used was Tinder, and that is essentially a hookup app. The premise of Tinder is you see someone's profile (with that person's pictures being the focus point) - swipe left to ignore the person or swipe right to see if they liked you back. So, this brings up point B.
B. Mirror, mirror
We all like to get the best possible angle for our selfies, or perhaps add a bit of Photoshop magic to make a zit miraculously disappear, but is deceiving a person with not-so-truthful photos unfair on your part?
Whichever way you look at it, this social experiment does it's job well and gets the conversation started on the issue. What are your thoughts?