Book: “Nothing Personal: My Secret Life in the Dating App Inferno” by Nancy Jo Sales
Genre: Memoir/Humor/Self Help
Blogger’s Note: Thank you to the HB Social Club (Hachette Books) for the gifted copy of this book!
This book hails from the pen of Nancy Jo Sales who writes for Vanity Fair magazine. At the age of 49, Sales decides to dive back into the social dating pool by the way of dating apps like “Tinder.” In the midst of the 2020 pandemic, the author navigates this social space facing several calamities and raising some pretty large questions about the morality behind these corporate driving social networking applications.
This book was an interesting read. As a married person, I never stopped to think previously about the impact the pandemic would have on singles. This book not only opened up that can of worms but then introduced me to some new concepts that I had never even previously heard of! I had never participated in online dating, so that concept was completely foreign to me. However, the idea of video dating during the pandemic blew my mind. Rather than people getting together and exposing others to COVID, potential couples would/could choose to participate in video dates where they “meet” through video conferencing. Think like a Zoom work call or Facetime… but with a total stranger. My introvert self cringed at this, but all things considered… it does seem like a safer way to socialized in this crazy time of COVID 19.
2020 has been a year with very little stability, where things have changed and nothing is as it seems. Rules have gone out the window and the traditional approach to anything (especially dating) simply does not work. The book mentioned above left me thinking about this crazy time and how people have adapted… both in regards to courtship rituals like online dating and in life.