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The first winker was a middle-aged school-bus driver and self-published gay erotic novelist from Washington.The other was a California state employee with a love for theater who admitted to "looking for love in all the wrong places."Had I been able to message him without handing over my credit card number, I would have told him he'd yet to break that cycle.In place of all your favorite cartoon friends are a series of generic web forms and web 1.0 graphics.The only real visual cues that you're on a site for Disney fans are a poorly lit snapshot from Disneyland and a white-gloved cursor. I picked a screen name (Mickey Trout), uploaded a photoshopped image of myself wearing mouse ears and filled out a list of criteria (body type, ethnicity, etc.) before answering a list of granular but truly important questions.But can you actually find love when you've narrowed your options in the name of, say, a common love of Ursula the Sea Witch?Since mid-December, I've been lurking in the background of two different incredibly niche online dating services in an attempt to find out. My initial reaction to news of Mouse Mingle betrayed my distaste for both adult cartoon fans and what I see as one of the worst parts of online dating today: excessive specificity."Like, I get wanting to connect with like-minded people, but if you're basing an adult relationship on your mutual love of 'The Little Mermaid,' I can't imagine things are going to work out for you," I quipped in Slack.
Oscar Meyer isn't alone in capitalizing on our desire to make a genuine connection in what can seem like a soulless meat market.
Whether it's bacon or Disney cartoons or even hot sauce, the underlying message is "you are what you eat."I like to think of myself as more than a crispy bacon giver or a "Pluto person," and I'd hope that the man of my dreams would be able to look past the chalupa and love me for the things that truly define me, not my taste in hot sauce.
Apps like these reduce us to how we spend our money and, as a result, disregard the nuances of attraction and the benefit of an outside perspective.
When you go deep, like Mouse Mingle deep, you not only reduce yourself to a line item on your bank statement, you also alienate a huge part of the eligible population.
In the words of the Little Mermaid, I wanna be where the people are.