I began my experiment in mid-August, downloading Tinder, Hinge, and Coffee Meets Bagel.

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I moved to New York less than two years ago and have been trying to expand my circle as I build roots in the city.

As a very extroverted person, I believe the more people around, the merrier (and richer) life is.

It was getting serious with one of my Tinder matches.

After a witty opener (he, having studied at Oxford, asked if I was British because I somehow looked it) and exchanging our jobs and educational background, we were discussing our favorite Delaware beach destination.

He asked me if I wanted to hang out, and I said sure.

"Just want to give you a heads up, though," I wrote.

With no other criteria, I swiped right on guys who I found attractive and could write a literate sentence in their About Me, the same method I used when trying to date.

Going in, I thought the experiment was limited: Because these were dating apps, I couldn't access the pool of straight girls, those least likely to see me as a romantic target.

"I was serious when I said I'm just looking for friends on my profile.