And that's because it can't

Dating site failures

Unless you're some sort of Skype

Ideally without a screen in between. Of course going on dates can be great, or it can suck, depending on the person sitting on the other side of the table across from you. Now, in her defense, she was obviously turned off the second she sat down, and rightfully so. And I learned something fundamental, and perhaps even weirdly beautiful, about dating in the process.

Unless you're some sort of Skype whiz, dating involves in-person interaction. Some people love it, bless their hearts.

But cool, this guy was not. But those who love it will likely tell you, as a coworker recently told to me with an earnestness typically not witnessed in New York City, that they truly love going on dates. And that, in fact, may be the least cynical stance on dating there is. Her date looked like the kind of guy who may or may not own a leather jacket with a Looney Tunes character emblazoned across the back.

It won't be too hard, I reasoned.

Some people love it

But it never really promises anything about actual dating. But the cherry on top of this repugnant sundae was the way this guy spoke. But when it was time to actually arrange a time and place to meet another human being, all I could do was emit a vaguely exhausted sigh and close the tab.

As soon as they sat down a palpable nervous energy started emanating from between the two of them. Or rather, it's supposed to make it easier to get dates.