For a start it usually happens in a pub or club, which means you’re senseless with booze and have to shout, thereby steamrollering any nuance in what you have to say and rendering your best-laid conversational zingers as blithering drunktalk. If you’re single, and you’re introduced to another single person, you’re inclined to project a desperate sort of I-am-potentially-available-for-sex version of yourself, which may have precious little to do with your actual personality. Actually, that’s not true: dating sites merely defer the agony until the first date.
They take the social sting out of meeting strangers.
Unfortunately, I like those artists too and I couldn’t run the risk of meeting someone with whom I had anything in common.
So I pretended to be into acts only a maniac could love: Jamiroquai, The Lighthouse Family, Son Of Dork, and Afroman of ‘Because I Got High’ fame.
These days no-one thinks you’re some kind of whey-faced spod just because you met your girlfriend on Guardian Soulmates.
“A lot of dating sites are boring,” says co-founder Alex Parish, a web developer and part-time musician. But with Tastebuds you have this easy route in.” Launched in summer 2010, the site now has 10,000 users, though Parish says he doesn’t know how many of those people – if any – have gone on actual dates after meeting on Tastebuds.Then again, maintaining an online persona can be just as exhausting as manufacturing a real one.All those categories to fill in and interests to feign (fringe theatre, Vogon poetry, kabbadi).Before you join, the app has to approve you as a member (a slightly daunting process) or you have to be invited.If you want to unlock certain features you either have to pay or invite other to join.