Dating and friendship in spain
The date wasn’t a success in the traditional sense of leading us into a contract based on exclusivity, an accumulating cache of resentments and a mortgage, but it put me back in the game (an appropriate metaphor – people speak regularly of “playing” with the app).
According to Sean Rad, the co-founder who launched Tinder in late 2012, the service was invented for people like me.
“It was really a way to overcome my own problems,” he told the editor of at an event in London last month.
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I wrote it on a postcard I’d been using as a bookmark.
She said she had a boyfriend, but wanted to keep the postcard. My Tinder date was a master’s student from Valencia called Anna (her name wasn’t really Anna, of course, I’m not a sociopath).
When I arrived at the appointed meeting place, she told me I was far more handsome IRL (“in real life”) than my pictures suggested.
I was flattered and full of praise for the directness of continental Europeans but also thought sadly to myself: “If only the same could be said about you.” Anna and I became friends, at least for a while.