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TOWIE's James ‘Arg’ Argent is set to join the dating show, alongside co-star Bobby Norris.Former X Factor star Frankie Cocozza, Made In Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo and Celebrity Big Brother star Calum Best will join the Essex boys on the new series.For an activity undertaken over such a long period of time, dating is remarkably difficult to characterize.The term has outlasted more than a century’s worth of evolving courtship rituals, and we still don’t know what it means.I find myself crouching on a small, circular platform, clutching a microphone, breathing heavily and trying to listen to the voices of the hosts and the previous contestant, but understanding nothing.I'm surrounded by scaffolding, cables and stage machinery, dimly illuminated by fluorescent lighting.Dating can be used to describe exclusive and nonexclusive relationships, both short-term and long-term.And now, thanks to mobile apps, dating can involve a succession of rendezvous over drinks to check out a dizzying parade of “matches” made with the swipe of a finger.
Before the early 1900s, when people started “dating,” they “called.” That is, men called on women, and everyone more or less agreed on the point of the visit.
Suddenly the entire set starts to rotate around me and my insides begin to melt.
I feel like I'm trapped inside a Transformer which has just woken up.
Everyone is drinking, peering into their screens and swiping on the faces of strangers they may have sex with later that evening. “Ew, this guy has Dad bod,” a young woman says of a potential match, swiping left.
Her friends smirk, not looking up.“Tinder sucks,” they say. At a booth in the back, three handsome twentysomething guys in button-downs are having beers.