These people are often in their early 20s; young women with less dating savvy are easy targets for the company’s methods.“Rule 1: Don’t make her think too hard,” the manual says.When I tell people that I work as an online-dating assistant, their initial reaction is of morbid curiosity. But the intake interviewer seemed just as interested in my ethical flexibility as he was in the journalistic details of my résumé. ” Would I be comfortable ranking clients’ photographs? I learned that there are two main types of writers at the company: “Profile Writers,” who create seductive and click-worthy profiles based on facts our clients have supplied about themselves, and “Closers,” who log in to clients’ dating accounts at least twice a day to respond to messages from matches.
My Closer manuals were written by the company’s founder, Scott Valdez, a self-taught dating expert with a background in sales.“If it weren’t for my relentless dedication to cracking the code to meeting and attracting the right person, I probably wouldn’t have met the girl I’m with now.”Today the company employs 80 people and boasts 2,500 “satisfied customers.” But the same cannot be said for all of its employees.I asked my coworkers how they handle the moral flexibility that the work demands.Before Tinder normalized “DTF” (“Down To Fuck”) as an opening salute, Valdez would send copy-and-pasted pick-up lines to dozens of women a day and track their effectiveness on spreadsheets.“Online dating is a numbers game,” he would write in the Vi DA training manual years later.