When JDate launched in the late ‘90s, she got a reputation in her social circle for being a savvy dating-profile writer.
Since then, she has helped several friends find their matches online.
Like a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac with the bubbly cadence of Reese Witherspoon, Golden spends her days swiping, heart-ing, and messaging flirty one-liners on behalf of her single clients.
“It’s not like he was doing something bad or This is an attitude that other online daters would probably be wise to adopt, according to one analysis of 80 online-dating profiles.
The researchers, who were from Cornell University and Michigan State University, recruited men and women through advertisements on Craigslist and in The Village Voice.
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But it turns out that “Modern Love” columns are quite innocent in another sense: they average only half a kiss per column, and the majority of the columns never explicitly mention “sex” at all.
(Of course, people often allude to sex in convoluted ways that are difficult for a computer to detect, but we searched for common synonyms “Modern Love” editor Daniel Jones says this comes as no surprise: “Our news standards don’t allow for much in the way of describing sex acts in personal essays, so sex happens, yes, but off-screen,” he notes via email. All five columns center on the amount of sex the authors are having.
Would you want to date someone who didn’t write his or her own dating profile? For a fee of 0, New York dating coach Meredith Golden ghost writes online dating profiles.
The New York City matchmaker, a 42-year-old married mother of two, curates her clients’ profiles, even crafting messages to set up dates.
How do you succeed on Tinder without really trying?
Some New York singles have it figured out: They pay a dating-app ghostwriter to do the flirting for them. The next time a guy sends you a particularly witty opener on Coffee Meets Bagel, consider the possibility that it was written by a 41-year-old married mother of two on the Upper West Side.
Golden herself met her husband through friends 16 years ago — before dating apps had hit the scene.