A population of 8. Countless bars, coffee shops and ideal date scenarios. A city where you, while constantly surrounded by the masses, can easily feel alone. However, despite the surplus of people living in the city, this thought proved more difficult to realize than orginally imagined. The Solidarity of the City My urge was met with discouragement through the solidarity of the city.
In New York, people walk with their headphones in. No one will strike up a conversation unless you are a friend or a friend of a friend. I am constantly impressed by how many silent scenarios I was able to observe on a daily basis; people sitting next to each other on the subway, unsuccessfully navigating around each other on the sidewalk, sitting next to each other during a workout class, all without speaking, or sometimes even without making eye contact.
Coming from the suburbs on the West coast, I was originally impaired in my understanding if this was a characteristic of the East coast or a characteristic of cities in general.
Either way, these limited interactions constituted a barrier in my connecting with others. You might also like: Facebook Announces New Dating Website An Impaired Sense of Community Going to school in New York City allows for countless opportunities outside of the classroom, all of which elude the possibility of feeling tied to a singular school or group of people. Your wisest professor is the city itself. You abuse public Wi-Fi to do homework in local coffee shops and cafes rather than residing in dorms or libraries.
You walk on the streets instead of going through some kind of quad, and you pass by the general population instead of solely people who go to your school. However, despite living in a college environment, this decentralization and lack of community is something that makes it more difficult to meet people and pursue relationships. On the big screen, it seems practically impossible to persist as a single person in New York.
It seems to be a rare occurrence for someone to persist as a single person for more than a few weeks. In the movies, people are constantly introducing themselves in bars, coffee shops and street corners.
Relationships start with a wink on the subway. People run after others who they deem attractive even in a brief passing on the streets.
However, my most frequented interactions in coffee shops are to the person next to me asking them to watch my belongings while I go to the bathroom.
Busy lives keeps people away from talking to one another, let alone dating in New York Image via Tumblr After almost a year in New York, I can safely say the only instance in which a guy has run after me on the sidewalk has been a promoter wanting me to come to their club that night and yes, I know how sad that sounds.
And despite coming to terms with the fact that life is never going to be as exciting as it is in the movies, this unrealistic expectation of the New York dating scene has proved to be disheartening. In high school, I thought I would have to be living single until the age of 42 to encounter the desperation needed to download a dating app. Now I find my phone cluttered with them. Dating apps have traditionally gotten a bad rep, much of which I had previously agreed with. They were presumably for those who lacked the social skills necessary to meet someone in person and those who were deemed unattractive or awkward and were only able to present themselves in a different fashion online.
In an article on the Times, Aziz Ansari explains how love is adapting to the digital age. Within a generation of individuals frequenting to devices rather than adapting to uncomfortable social situations, dating apps provide a window to the countless others looking for a specific type. Through your devices you are granted access to the single population of your area who are also looking for the same thing as you.
The 9 Worst Cities for College Graduates to Live However, dating apps have since been on the rise, especially for college students who lack the typical community that accompanies their school. One can be carrying on multiple conversations with various individuals, all during a morning walk to class.
Instead of going on a nerve-wracking first date or being set up with someone they do not know nor feel comfortable sharing a table with for an hour or two, digital environments provide a space to get to know individuals before pursuing relations with them. For time constrained students or the working population, it proves easier to scroll through an app than to encounter individuals with the same goals as you. The digital age has offered a repurposed outlet to both promote ourselves and connect with others.