He's witty, a touch aloof and not overly complimentary.
And when he gets the woman, it's not his heart that flutters. Hartshorn is a hired gun, ghostwriting correspondence on behalf of single men unwilling, too busy or too inept to do it themselves. "I don't care that much if it becomes a date or not," Hartshorn admits. Sealing the deal is up to the company's "closers." And going out on actual dates?
More people than ever are now looking for love online, using an array of dating sites and mobile apps like Plenty of Fish, OK Cupid, Tinder, and Bumble, not to mention an ever-growing list of specialty sites for every race, religion and gender.
A recent Pew Research Center survey said that nearly 60 percent of U. adults agreed online dating was a good way to meet people.
It took awhile, but the 24-year-old now knows exactly what kind of message to send to pique a woman's interest.
The Montreal research assistant will come home from work, sit down with his laptop and bang out dozens of e-mails to attractive, eligible women.
But, for some, online dating has now taken an unwelcome left turn resembling a sort of “dating burnout or fatigue,” characterized by a seemingly endless string of dates that yield few returns.
Susanne Sahakian, a 52-year-old ER nurse from Queens, NY, said that most of her online dates “were just nightmares.” “I met a midget on one date, a homeless musician who asked if he could sleep in my car on another and yet another guy who was extremely overweight,” she said.
The successful candidate will be paid per hour to find potential suitors, flirt and line up dates.“If you find a match that leads to a meaningful relationship, you’ll get a bonus,” the ad promised.
As dating sites and apps multiply, she isn’t the only one looking for an Internet dating agent.
A few companies specialize in spicing up the dating profiles and managing the online romantic pursuits of clients who lack the hours, energy or perhaps charm to arrange dates themselves.
"I get paid for each woman who writes back positively," explains the modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac. It's love through a high-speed line, a model of amorous efficiency.
Blake Jamieson locked himself in his house, determined to crack the “Tinder Code” and stop wasting hours on Tinder without getting real, solid results.