All posts tagged: Looking for Someone

An Epidemic of Serial Daters

I was talking to journalist Nick Paumgarten about his recent piece on online dating in the New Yorker when it hit me— okay, I wasn’t actually talking to him per se (I was sitting at my desk logged into his “author chat” over at newyorker.com and talking “to” him via a heavily moderated comments box)—but here’s what I came up with: serial dating is becoming a thing. Not that my generation is the first to embrace the quantity vs. quality approach to dating but we’re the first to do it with the assistance of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and, best of all, Match.com.  I used to think I was the only girl in the world to obsess over my dates as I do—the spreadsheets, the “types,” the “manthropology,” if you will—but according to Paumgarten’s piece in the New Yorker, I’m not alone. Evidently he interviewed a woman who has dated fifty-eight men since her divorce (fifty-eight!  I wonder if her mother was able to furnish her with a new outfit for each one…) and she “maintains …