Review: Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match

Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match by Amy Webb
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

So this book is vying for worse book of the year (or the last few years--no wait, it's probably on par with Fred Saberhagen's The Frankenstein Papers). As a person, I'm sure Webb is a decent person but the book she offers up about gaming the online dating world was anything but. What she argues is that she gamed the system--but that only really works if you see winning as spending lots of money on dating websites, beauty treatments, wardrobe acquisitions, and personal training coupled with spending scores of hours collecting data, scrutinizing everyone (while missing the hypocrisy of one's own actions--e.g. getting mad at men for checking their cellphones but scuttling off to the bathroom to write friends and family emails with your laptop), and outright lying. I kept through hoping she would redeem herself or call herself out--but it just got worse.

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