Online dating is an overall problem for farmers
Swiping on dating apps is a breeze if you live in a town or city. But, when you’re a young farmer living in a rural neighbourhood, it’s an entirely another story. One where dates get cancelled when animals go into labour, and where some individuals appear to their dates brandishing shotguns.
For farmers, online dating is an experience. And not constantly a good one.
31-year-old Mark Jervis – an arable farmer in Warwickshire, UK – got in the world of online dating 4 years back in an effort to broaden his horizons after a huge separation and a series of “not successful” flings with women in the area. But, finding a likeminded individual in the local area who he didn’t already understand proved difficult.
He tried out a dating website called Muddy Matches which – as the name recommends – is for country-dwelling singles searching for love. His first Muddy Matches date was “a catastrophe”. He was exhausted after a long week and had actually managed to get some metal in his eye that day, so he was weeping and yawning throughout the date. “It ended up I ‘d bought a tractor from her daddy the year before as he was the regional sales representative for an equipment dealership,” says Mark. He felt required to be nice, so he stuck it out for two and a half hours. “I haven’t spoken to her or her father since.”
The fun and games didn’t end there though. “Another date was with a taxidermist who answered the door brandishing a shotgun. She ‘d been trying to shoot a crow in the garden, to things,” Mark says. His foray into the world of Tinder presented him to a female who was terrified of cattle, and another female he didn’t want to risk upsetting due to the fact that her boss was among his biggest clients.