According to Stéphanie Delpon, cofounder of Paris creative agency Pictoresq, the concept is still heavily stigmatized, as it goes against the key pillars of the French mentality.
“We live with the belief that love should be easy to find, that it should be sudden and beautiful, like in the books,” Delpon explains.
Reminiscing about her single days, Rykiel recalls using a photo of herself in a black vintage dress that showed her looking like the perfect lady—except that she was barefoot and wearing no makeup.
“I think it reflected my personality,” she explains.
She advises to be cautious about how much you expose online, steering clear of cleavage shots and the ubiquitous belfies—unless this is something that comes naturally.
Lauriane Gepner, founder of the app Dojo, says that she consciously skips the “best day in years” one-off shots in favor of more accurate photos that leave no room for unrealistic expectations.
Gepner appreciates a man’s ability to skip the pickup lines and boring “How are you?
” in favor of an authentic discussion, void of spelling errors and abbreviations, adding: “If he can make me smile, even better!
With dating apps as our metaphorical free pass, we appear to be zipping through this dystopian carnival of love with our trademark extremism, only to be confronted by an ardent sense of nausea at the end of each ride.
As I watch my friend massacre her phone, my mind drifts to my rookie Tinder days, which coincide with my time living in Paris.