AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractMatches is the story of Tom, a recovering alcoholic looking for love in a world of dating apps, social media and the ever-present lure of alcohol. Exploring this mysterious sub-culture, Tom discovers some of the thrills and pitfalls of the modern dating scene. Tom Brody is a Dublin man in his late-thirties recovering from alcoholism. Tom's recent sobriety has brought many improvements. He is happier, healthier and getting on better with his family. The one area he finds more difficult is dating. Without the reliable meeting place of the pub, Tom finds meeting women more complicated than ever in a social scene still dominated by drinking. Furthermore, without the traditional 'Dutch courage', Tom feels more than a little awkward approaching the opposite sex sober. A friend introduces Tom to Quiver, the latest dating app for everything from lifetime relationships to random hookups. Along the way he conquers his awkwardness with social media and discovers some strange rules and peculiarities of the online dating world. Tom's initial success on the single scene pushes him to take ever greater risks with his sobriety as he encounters the pitfalls of keeping his history a secret. Ultimately Tom learns that being honest with himself is as important as being honest with others and that meeting his ideal match is about more than a perfect dating profile.
Citation'Matches' (2015) Newstalk 106-108FM, 21st March.
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