“You have these grown-up men in their suits with briefcases, leaving their corporate jobs to read manga in the metro or play gameboy at an arcade,” she says.“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” ~Joseph F. He told me from the very beginning it would never be a relationship, and yet I have persevered with our friendship in various formats for the last seven years.
And when he gets the woman, it's not his heart that flutters. Hartshorn is a hired gun, ghostwriting correspondence on behalf of single men unwilling, too busy or too inept to do it themselves. "I don't care that much if it becomes a date or not," Hartshorn admits. Sealing the deal is up to the company's "closers." And going out on actual dates?They share a common yearning for connection and found it on a touch screen.Many see it as just a game and can easily distinguish between the computerized and reality, while others are perpetually stuck in a love loop, desperately waiting for the next update of the game. I ask myself this as I look back on the last nine years, which I have spent trying to cover up my real issue. After getting married at twenty and then leaving nineteen years later, it took another two years before I met another man that I fell in love with almost instantly.During that time, I have also tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to find someone else to be a part of my personal life.