Online dating is hard, offline dating is harder. Film-maker Samuel Abrahams went about proving this with his newly-single buddy, Tom Greaves. The mission? To throw himself into the deep, dark, dating world, IRL.
In the now viral video Tom attempts to woo women, sometime with charm, sometimes quite awkwardly, in a sort of Prince William kind of way. Responses ranged from the classic “I have a boyfriend”, or the more innovative “What kind of date?” And finally an abrupt “No”.
Despite the films obvious attempt at nostalgia, I have long been advocating my single friends get online, mainly because life isn’t like a romantic comedy, when you drop your keys, Channing Tatum doesn’t pick them up (Awwwwww).
The film is ostensibly about the difference between the ‘us’ we present online, and the ‘us’ that exists in real life. There’s just one problem. Are we really supposed to believe that before the internet people would simply intercept random strangers in the street and ask them on a date? Time Out’s Kate Lloyd made this blistering attack on the film, and her reasons stand-up.
Still, the film makes a good point, once upon a time if you saw someone you liked, you would actually go up to them and ask them out. But that time is gone. Dead. Murdered, by Match and Tinder and a million other soul-destroying dating sites and apps. Dating in 2015 consists of right-swiping, poking and instant messages. If you hoped it’d be easy to revert to the more traditional method of embarrassingly asking someone out in a coffee shop, Offline Dating might prove otherwise.