Well duh, people want to be appealing. They are weird, too. Everything the author said is common sense. Instead of taking a route chosen for me, I considered my strengths and chose something fitted to them. Instead, it's much more fun meeting people the old-fashioned way — actually socializing.
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I guess it's one of the benefits of being a teenager in the '80s, and in my 20s in the '90s, when flirting was mastered as opposed to relying on an app or profile pic. Once upon a time, internet dating was a vaguely embarrassing pursuit. I have this belief that if I want to meet a man, I need more women in my life, because all women have a man or two whom they are friends with, but don't want to date.
Indeed, this has long been reflected in surveys of the way people meet their partners: through mutual friends, in bars, at work, in educational institutions, at church, through their families, and so on. They didn't have to tell me through a text they were passionate, I could see it.