I have a confession to make.
For the last five hours and 14 minutes I have been checking my mobile incessantly. Why? Because that is how long it's been since I heard from a guy I've been chatting to online, a guy I've arranged to meet for a drink next week. And it also happens to be how long since I sent him my picture...
Yes, yes, I know I'm being pathetic - he's probably busy seeing his friends or something and, if he isn't and he's decided to retreat in horror after seeing my mugshot, then, well, sod him! But, as with all these things, it's all very well knowing the theory...
And the theory is something I've been researching of late. As you may recall, as few weeks ago I mentioned that a friend and I were going to join forces and explore the industry that is dating - or, more specifically, dating advice for women. Well, I have to say, it's a fascinating subject. I've been reading blogs and watching videos made by one dating guru who tells me that in order to find and keep my man I need to sign up to his online coaching course or risking being alone - for EVER. I'm waiting for my copy of "The Rules" to arrive in the post and have been mesmerized by Neil Strauss' "The Game" - a look at the underground world of pick-up artists, which, whilst rather shocking, does not strike me as that dissimilar to the advice us girls are given all the time. Last night I (shamefully) admit I went on a singles night where the ladies were advised that the key to nabbing a man was to wear heels and ask to use his phone. Yes, really.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to the same thing. If you're a guy trying to get laid or a girl looking for the love of your life, all these people are telling us that we need to arm ourselves with an arsenal of manipulations to get what we want, pure and simple. Apparently being your charming, honest self just won't cut it - in fact, it can lead to a lifetime on the shelf.
Interesting? I hope you think so. Because there's more to come...
Dating isn't the only thing I've been researching this week either. I am on a mission to find the best pizza in London - a mission I am taking VERY seriously. Read my brief here and watch this space for updates on Operation: Pizza.
Well, that's it from me tonight. I'm off to bed - and taking my bloody phone with me. Just in case...
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