Why Twitter Is The Best Dating App Of All Time
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Social media is responsible for so many amazing things in my life.
I’ve made amazing friends via social media. I found my last flat via social media. Hell, I’ve worked in social media for over four years! So that’s why I was pretty miffed when the Telegraph posted an article late last week, claiming that Masterchef's Gregg Wallace, was looking for love in all the wrong places when he proposed to his girlfriend, who he met on Twitter.
In the article, Elizabeth Day makes some pretty bold claims about social media, pretty much all of which I thought were complete bulls**t (if you haven’t read the article have a read here). But the basics are this: Twitter is no place to meet your potential partner, because it doesn’t allow you to showcase your personality, and everybody’s lying about themselves. Sounds like your average first date, tbh.
Aside from Elizabeth’s assumption that Gregg Wallace proposed to his new wife without ever meeting her in the flesh (they dated for five years), the article left me with one question. Why does it matter that he met her behind a veil of 140 characters, instead of through an alcoholic cider fog at 11:32 in some dark, dank corner of a house party? So today, I wanted to put forward a case for Twitter being not only a great place to meet potential partners, but the ~best~ place.
Okay, I admit it. Everybody lies on social media.
Between the Instagram stars hiding their spray-tanners out of shot, and the Facebook Dad fabricating some witty comment his three-year-old made about Brexit or Theresa May, the internet was made for exaggeration.
But think back to your latest first date. Did you or did you not tailor your personality to impress the person sitting across the table? Really? So you’re telling me you’d rather go to an art house cinema to see the latest foreign language documentary, rather than binge Peep Show for the 14th time? You brought up the fact that you’ve got a persistent yeast infection, and tried out some of your more blue humour? You confessed to only having one ex, who hates you with a passion, because you cheated on them with their best friend?
Didn’t think so. In fact, a recent poll from Chillisauce showed that ⅔ of us Brits will lie on the first date!
Twitter, on the other hand, allows you to see what someone’s like on a daily basis. Are they funny? Check their RTs (and steer clear if they’ve ever endorsed Jim Davidson)! Are they actually a good person? Check their replies for signs of caring decency. See who they follow to see what they care about. Speaking of...
When you find someone on a dating site, all you really have to go on is their word. Tinder might go the extra mile, using mutual Facebook friends as a sort of impromptu background check - “oh, this guy’s friends with ~that~ prick? *swipes left* - but for the most part you’re on your own.
Twitter, on the other hand, allows you to see not only who your potential partner follows, but also who follows them and, most importantly of all, what tweets they’ve faved. Sure, RTs may not mean endorsements, but they show that you’re willing to broadcast an aspect of your personality to the world, whether you’re sharing a joke, or spreading someone else being a dick.
Faves are like Twitter’s version of a browsing history, and you can learn a LOT about someone from theirs. That nice guy who slid in your DMs to talk about the importance of ‘smashing the patriarchy’ might be hiding a cache of shower selfies in his favourites tab. It’s all useful information.
And, if you needed more proof...
In the last two years, I’d say the vast majority of first dates I’ve been on were with people I’d met on Twitter. The rest were a mixture of dating apps, and friends of friends. In my experience, the dates generated from social media were FAR better. Why? Because the groundwork was already done.
We didn’t need to tiptoe around topics, wondering if the other was into them, because WE’D SEEN EACH OTHER TALKING ABOUT THEM! We made references to jokes we’d seen on social. Shared our favourite accounts and mentioned our mutuals. Conversation was easy PRECISELY because we’d met on social media. None of that, “oh, you like toast? I like toast!” grasping for common interests you get in ‘traditional’ dates. Seriously, social dating is the dating of the future.
And, if you needed any more proof that dating people you met on social media is possible, I met my current girlfriend on Twitter. Her tweets were funny, passionate, clever, and dumb when she wanted them to be and, in the end, that’s exactly who she is.
Shove that in your DMs and smoke it, Elizabeth.
- Words by Josh Pappenheim
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