Love at first double-word score

The more dedicated Weinblog followers might remember a particular blog that I wrote about four months ago, where I poked fun at the notion that people may actually be using the popular smart phone app “Words with Friends” as a platform to flirt with girls.

I said it tongue-and check, like basically all of my blogs, and poked fun at people who are incapable of flirting with girls in real life, so they resort to doing it over an app.

And it kind of makes sense, if you think about it. Words with Friends actually gives losers an excuse to associate themselves with hot girls. It’s like my beer pong theory that I believe I have mentioned before. Sometimes you’re at a party, and there are hot girls there who you don’t have the cojones to talk too. But if you see them playing beer pong, then you should try get it on it, and bam, you’re suddenly in the same social circle with said hot girls.

The same goes with Words with Friends. Not that I myself employ this strategy. I’m not a loser and don’t need a smart phone app to talk to girls. In fact, I only play Words with Friends with dudes. I’m not quite sure what that says about me, actually.

Anyway, my point is, apparently I’m not the only one who picked up on this, because some news outlets, including the Huffington Post, recently wrote an article about it.

I’ll give you a little brief quote from the article just in case you don’t believe me.

For those who love spelling and all things grammar, “Words With Friends” might prove to be the perfect match-making option.

A poll conducted by Zynga, maker of the popular Scrabble-like gaming application, revealed that one in every 10 players have hooked up with an opponent, and 47 percent of players report they’re “crushing” on someone with whom they’re competing.

Several players have even met their future spouses after choosing to play a random opponent.

The article even goes on to list a couple of examples of specific people who have supposedly met through Words with Friends and proceeded to get married.

First of all, this is only going to boost my ego, considering that I totally called this… sort of.

Second of all, how? How does this happen? I understand how Words with Friends can bring people together who already knew each other, but how does it facilitate a relationship between people who don’t know each other?

Words with Friends isn’t like Facebook, where you see somebody’s profile photo, and thus are able to make immediate judgments. All you see is their names. So was it the beautiful way that she spelled her name to E’s instead of one that made you fall in love? Or was it that she shared the same initials as your favorite celebrity? Was it their extensive vocabulary, and the fact that they knew that “Xu” qualifies as a word, according to the Scrabble dictionary?

I don’t understand how two strangers could actually become friends, let alone husband and wife, simply through a word game. They must have been really, really desperate. I’m just genuinely curious how the conversations go from casual talk, to flirting, to romantic exchanges, to asking one another out?

Who even actually uses the chat option during Words with Friends? In fact, I don’t even know anyone who uses the “challenge a random person” option. Is challenging your friends not rewarding enough? What sense of accomplishment do you feel beating a complete stranger? For all you know, your competitor could be legally retarded. Or illiterate.

I guess it is not that different from a dating website, but, but… I still just do not understand.

That being said, I’m going to play a random Words with Friends game right now, and if my challenger goes by the name “Kate U.,” well, then I’m popping the question right on the spot.


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