Washington post dating lab

Because “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” even the paper’s famously weird matchmaking section is shedding some disinfecting sunlight on one of the bleakest segments of contemporary humanity: the D. Neff’s Twitter profile reveals that, unsurprisingly, that station is Fox, and the show is Tucker Carlson’s.

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But just what goes on behind those closed-laboratory doors? Ahead, Mc Grath dishes the nitty-gritty about the Date Lab team, the selection progress, and even some dating advice. More recently, we've been trying to shake up the process now and then — sending couples out rock climbing or sailing instead of to restaurants; letting daters choose their own match (we have two of these experiments coming up); getting fans to vote for which person we should send out on a date.

And there's lots of new stuff on the horizon that we're very excited about."It seems like Date Lab combines the best of online dating with traditional matchmaking.

Come join us for a Date Lab Happy Hour on Feb 16, from 5-7 pm at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Sts. Date Lab writers, Solo-ish's Lisa Bonos, Wapo Sports writer Neil Greenberg.

It’s no big reveal to say that dating is hard work, especially in a city like Washington, where everyone seems to focus on three things: work, work, and work.

The smart-and-adventurous type will stay filed away in the dating pool until a suitable woman submits an application.

“I suspect it’s a chicken/egg situation,” says Mc Grath.

Date Lab had the unenviable task of finding a woman mature enough to look past those slight blemishes on Neff’s dating profile to see the true gem (? The lucky guinea pig was Mc Kenzie Smith, a “traditional conservative” and “die-hard Southerner” who likes “frat boy types.” She was “fascinated” by Neff’s conspicuous brandishing of a book on Catherine the Great at their date; Neff was impressed by how “genuinely well-read” Smith appeared to be.

But Neff squandered any benefit of the doubt Smith gave him when he continued opening his mouth.

“We honestly try with every couple we send out to make a good match, to find a pair that will hit it off,” says Mc Grath, 27. Both daters rated the date a “5.” So with a track record like that, why not “He’s gay; he’s gay”? Of the 3,300 potential daters who have submitted applications since 2007, only 84 identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Since Date Lab keeps potential lovebirds on file for years, some once-promising applicants wind up in committed relationships or rethink their interest in romantic exhibitionism—particularly if they’re not out to all their friends and family who may happen to pick up the Post.

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