Journalist and unmarried father Jeroen Vermeeren, 48, writes candidly in his first column two weeks ago about his sad experiences with the dating app Tinder. In the following days, to his great surprise, his inbox was filled with responses from a hundred women: sympathetic, inviting. So… is this the trick to get off the street? “Someone even offered me tickets to an editor’s party. A little bit would make you feel a little dizzy.”
Copywriter, spokesperson, journalist, ghost writer, poet… Jeroen Vermeiren’s Biography (48) is a colorful collection of handicrafts. One Cup Cap (13) He loves to blow up a paradoxical balloon about relationships and parenting.
Ladies and gentlemen, you are my audience. I got over a hundred responses to that Tinder column my king. (Indeed I should say “ladies and gentlemen”, because only one testicle owner crawled into his virtual pen, as opposed to a hundred times the ladies.) It should be clear: Tinder is alive. Dating trouble live. and how. I’ve come to recognition collectively, via Facebook and Instagram. And yes, even via WhatsApp and email. As for the latter two, some of you excel at the best detective work!
Don’t get me wrong: I’m grateful for all those streams (pun intended). From heartfelt pleas about heartfelt pleas (“I’m in my thirties and I’m a really cool guy!” were commonplace, just like, “There’s no list of terms here and I’ve stopped backpacking!”) to candid, free invitations to a date. Someone even offered me tickets to an editor’s party. A little would make you feel a little dizzy.
Whatever you have shared through any of the mentioned channels, it is safe. stays between us.
If I were to personally answer every message, I would get a full time job. Until further notice, the editors do not have the budget for a personal assistant (m/f/o) who can assist the undersigned with this challenging task. Then just a message of general interest all the way down. Yes, your attention is so much fun (although it comes in much bigger waves than I could have imagined from a distance).
Yes, I’m glad you learned a lot of this Tinder nonsense and clearly shared my frustrations. I learned how much desire there is. To that person, the soul mate who still is. Sincerely thanks for your trust. Whatever you have shared through any of the mentioned channels, it is safe. stays between us.
At the same time, I want us to get into an honest and open relationship from the start. So no, my musings were not intended to enlist a lover among the many NINA readers. It wouldn’t be nice either. What’s more: it would be downright disingenuous. A trick to score a woman, you know. For a short time or a little longer.
I just hope you don’t blame me. And that I am now not treated like many angry letters.
We can all miss that kind of cunning as a toothache. I hope you don’t blame me. And that now I’m not dealing with so many angry letters to strike a balance with all the declarations of love and hilarious suggestions. Because that is no longer necessary. I just want to keep talking to you.
From man to woman. Or human to human, but the first stats don’t lie. Male to gender neutral is also allowed, of course. Because yes, this boy is totally in keeping with the times.
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