Weight, weight – Don’t ask me my W.A.I.F.
Wait, Wait …Don’t Tell Me is a funny, fast-paced, NPR radio show. It’s full of clever questions and glib answers and quizzical conundrums. Some think today’s online dating draws a close parallel to reality/game shows; both involve a barrage of in-your-face-personal questions.
Oh! The Questions They Ask!
The initial, very personal, online dating questions are called the ” The WAIF” (Weight, Age, Income, Faith) Questions.
Imagine a poor little Match.com girl sitting at a café reading People magazine ( or the Economist) and a handsome stranger (RU4real) stops and says, “Hey, cutie, how old are you? How much do you weigh? What’s your annual income? And, tell me, what do you believe in?”
In the Twilight Zone of online-dating-world she would reply, “Hey. I’m 121 lbs, 52, to be disclosed later, Spiritual. And, you?”
He, in turn, winks and says, “Babe, I’m about 210 lbs, 55, income: $50,000 -$150,000. I’m a Jew Bu – Jew-ish and Buddhist”.
She muses and calculates. Then, with a wandering eye, she spies a guy more her “size” says, “Au revoir” to “RU4real.” Voila, she disappears from sight.
She may approach the next guy, one table over. She asks about his “W.A.I.F.” Although he looks shorter and stouter, he says, “I’m around 180 lbs, 55, stocky but, an ex jock, income $75,000-$150,000, Agnostic; I love cigars and snuggling and I’ve read the Da Vinci Code.” Woefully she says, “Too bad; I only read New York Times bestsellers, I’m a triathlete, and, God, I hate smoking. Buh-bye”.
Wavering on the WAIF
Well, Siggie, perhaps, just like a man: women don’t want to be asked age, weight, personal spiritual beliefs and income details before actually meeting a person.