A site like OkCupid (affectionately known by its users as OKC) presents a ripe case study for understanding the process by which online activity effects offline activity. For OKC users, the alchemy exists between the first encounter online and the first encounter offline. The tipping point is when the virtual world manifest into a reality, when the digital become physical, when an IM conversation turns into a chat over coffee, and when a profile turns into a person. Now, with the stigma dead, we need a how-to guide for the etiquette and strategies to optimize this materialization. The mechanics of this magic, presented through voyeuristic anecdotes from the life of a 20-something-urban-dwelling-straight-bachelor, is the specific focus of the following blog.
Instagram Jones is the playboy alter ego of Graham Jones.