A short video by BAFTA-nominated writer and director Samuel Abrahams documenting his friend’s attempts at landing a date without the help of technology has gone viral.
In the video, titled “Offline Dating,” Abraham’s friend, Tom Greaves, wanders around Hackney, London approaching roughly 30 different women, who are sometimes in pairs or groups, and asks them things like: “Would you like to go get a drink with me? ” “How would you feel if I were to ask you out on a date?
” Greaves’ encounters were highly unsuccessful — shocker.
Greaves’ lack of success, however, may not simply mean that women are only willing to accept an invitation for a date digitally.
Time Out London’s Kate Lloyd pointed out several possible reasons for why Greaves saw such a high rejection rate: Many of these are rookie mistakes that have killed game in the past both digitally and in person.
Despite the simple-minded mistakes Greaves makes in the film, Abrahams is aiming at a higher message: has digital dating completely taken over?
While technology has infused itself into just about every facet of human existence, it does not mean that asking a girl on a date in person is impossible — watch the video until the end for proof.
Both had exactly the same name, brief biography and three photographs – save for one small change.