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#21: Checklist

A male stick figure approaches a female stick figure at a bar with the line, "Hey there...". The female stick figure cuts him off by handing him a sheet of paper with the questions, "what is your name?", "what is your age", "what is your highest level of education", "have you ever cheated?", "do you have kids?", "are you a douchebag?". The male stick figure walks away.

The Story Behind Checklist

Thanks to the rise of dating websites, a lot of the unpredictability of finding a mate has been taken away. The whole procedure has become so structured now. You fill out a questionnaire, you upload your best picture, you list your likes and dislikes. You even post your height, weight and eye color. Finding a partner to ask out is like ordering a pizza, you can now find a custom fit.

On one hand, that’s great. It makes dating easier and it ensures that people can land the match they’re looking for. But it takes some of the adventure and liveliness out of dating. You don’t get to discover your partner as spontaneously, you don’t get as many (hopefully good) surprises. The randomness of courtship is gone, replaced with a process that feels a lot like taking a standardized test.

Plain Text Description of Checklist

A male stick figure approaches a female stick figure at a bar with the line, "Hey there...". The female stick figure cuts him off by handing him a sheet of paper with the questions, "what is your name?", "what is your age", "what is your highest level of education", "have you ever cheated?", "do you have kids?", "are you a douchebag?". The male stick figure walks away.



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