When I moved to Portland last February, I was convinced that was all about to change. (Is it my fault burritos are so much easier to talk to?
This would be the time and place in my life when I could date freely and successfully. ) Now I find myself back at the crux of perpetual singledom.
In an attempt to find out, I surveyed a wide variety of Portland friends, coworkers, comedians, and storytellers.
These people represent a slice of the diverse sexualities and relationship statuses of our city.
In short, if we take you on as a client, we guarantee you will go out on dates!
Let's say you met an over-educated, underemployed, thirty-something man who seemed incapable of holding down a relationship, and who was known to date up to half-a-dozen women at a time after meeting them online.
I've finally started to wonder if it's because my life is some sort of Never Been Kissed parody or if the fault lies with the city itself.
Maybe Portland isn't the dating mecca I dreamed it would be.
And other than quotes from the executives of a few assorted matchmaking sites, whose insights boil down to admissions that their products aren't designed to foster long-term relationships, his story makes up the bulk of the piece.
The things is, there are much, much bigger social forces at work in this country that could explain Jacob's love life than the irresistible charms of a well-curated profile.
If you're over a certain age, you're usually between old school and new school when it comes to online dating.
Some of you communicate on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram for connecting.
Take, for instance, the enormous shortage of college educated men in Portland, Jacob's hometown.