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Berlin’s reputation as a city of openness makes it attractive to those looking for love.But does the availability of casual hook-ups make having long-term relationships in the city unachievable, or even unnecessary?“One girl I met up with was on house arrest and ‘forgot’ to tell me.” via GIPHY 7. That’s cool, I thought, I can be friends with nice people that aren’t witty. A few weeks in, he told me I was almost perfect, except my upper arms were fat. “I had been texting this girl for a good three weeks, and we finally decided to go out on a date.“I met up with a girl who brought a binder full of laminated copies of her own poems, then asked me to read and critique them at the table.” 8. Then I found out that her nose ring is a weirdly shiny wart that she tries to pass off as a nose ring because she’s embarrassed by it. Without asking, she reached over and started picking toppings of my pizza. “I joined OKC four years ago hoping to hook up with a bunch of girls. I suggest we go to dinner and a movie at an Italian restaurant closer to her place so she can walk/bus, and I can do all the commuting.“Boys here seem to suffer from a compulsive wish for their personal freedom and relationships inhibit that,” 25-year-old Anna, who is from Berlin, told The Local.Like most cities, Berlin has no shortage of opportunities for casual hook-ups.Today’s Berliners are a restless bunch, and if they can get what they need by flitting from one brief encounter to the next, they will. “We don’t get serious until we’ve found the person we can have an effortless relationship with,” says Anna.“Only later,” she confesses, “do we realize that this person doesn't exist.” All names have been changed.
I had no idea how to reply, so I just got up and walked out of the restaurant without saying a word.” via GIPHY 12.Crucially, the stigma once attached to online dating has gone, says 32-year-old Christian, who moved from Spain to Berlin last year to start a tech company.He uses smartphone dating app Tinder to find women, or “matches” and he is not alone.“This woman seemed really cool; she was fit, witty, and had piercings. I spent a week messaging a few girls and decided to meet the first of these girls to put my plan into action. It takes me an hour to drive there, and I arrive at the restaurant before she does a good thirty minutes before our date, so I could be prepared.We ended up hitting it off and started dating exclusively. The waitress brings her to my table, and I see another man walking with her.
Almost a third of the city’s residents are single while more than half are living alone. So why is a city celebrated for its openness so loath to relationships?