Viral Dating Story ‘Cat Person’ Draws Tinder Comparisons

A number of outlets have offered analytical takes on the viral dating story ‘Cat Person’.

The story, published in The New Yorker, begins by describing the digital phase of a budding relationship.

After exchanging numbers, the couple message:

“From that small exchange about Red Vines, over the next several weeks they built up an elaborate scaffolding of jokes via text, riffs that unfolded and shifted so quickly that she sometimes had a hard time keeping up.”

At the end of the story, after the female decides not to pursue a relationship, the male character sends a number of intrusive messages.

Many commentators have claimed that the story is representative of women’s modern dating experience, with the online component featuring heavily in their analyses.

Author Kristen Roupenian has also said the story was inspired by a “small but nasty encounter I had with a person I met online”.

She told The New Yorker that conversations online tend to let users construct a fiction around their date, and that this fiction is inevitably shattered once the couple begin spending time together.

The Telegraph picks up on this theme, noting that after swiping: “You pitch up at a bar four days later to meet a person you know relatively little about but by now have subconsciously created an entire life story around.“

The BBC notes: “In an age of dating apps, swiping left or right, and getting to know potential partners through social media, it seems Cat Person has resonated with a number of people, mostly women”.

Vice interview a number of women about uncomfortable dating experiences, one of whom recall a bad Tinder hook-up.

Read more about Cat Person here.