When web engineer Jake Chapman decided to inject a sense of humor into his Tinder profile, he never expected his social experiment to end the way it did.
He posted his plans to hack dating on Reddit, writing, “I’ve been taking dating a little to [sic] serious lately. So I decided to ask my ex-girlfriends at 1am to write a 1-2 sentence review about me for my Tinder profile and rate me 1-5 stars.”
Chapman decided to set up his profile like a Yelp page and he turned out to fare pretty well with an all-around four-star rating. He posted reviews from four ex-girlfriend that wrote things like “Jakes awesome! He’s got some serious skills in the kitchen. Not really sure why I left yet, he’d be more attractive with an Australian accent though.” He admitted to BuzzFeed that two of them weren’t real reviews, though: “To be completely honest, two of them were fake when I first posted it because I had more room in the profile and wanted to sound like yelp for a boyfriend.”
Chapman also wrote on Reddit that though most of his exes were fairly generous, a couple were not happy to hear from him: “There was one that said… ‘Thanks for throwing that hamburger at me… real mature.’ or… ‘Leave my girlfriend alone, she doesn’t want to hear from you ever again.’”
The biggest surprise, however, was when his ex-girlfriend Taylor got in touch to say she was disappointed he didn’t ask her for a review. She sent him a 4.5 star review that said, “He’s got a job, condo, dog, fast car, can cook, good with his hands ;) and is a complete sweet heart. The only thing keeping me from trying to be with him is 1,155 miles.”
But in a surprising turn of events, it became clear that 1,155 miles were not enough to keep them apart; Chapman wrote on Reddit that both of them called each other “the one that got away” and had broken up because he was an “asshole” to her and that she had retaliated. Though Taylor initially told Chapman that she had a boyfriend, she sent him an unexpected text: “So I’m breaking up with him.” Then she sent him a screenshot of a flight to Seattle, where Chapman lives.
Though the story is to be continued, Chapman confessed to BuzzFeed that he is not getting his hopes up: “She will always be a special girl to me, but to say that something is going to happen between us is having expectations. Which is one thing I won’t do, just adds stress and tension to something that should be fun and enjoyable.” The world will have to see if Chapman lets Taylor become "the one that got away" yetagain.