On Valentines Day this year, I received a strange text message from my mother. She told me to try and win a date with Nick Goepper, a slope style skier recently crowned with the bronze medal in Sochi at the Olympics. As I looked at my Twitter feed, I saw that #iwanttodatenick was trending. Out of curiosity, I Googled his name and found an endless amount of media buzz about his search to find a Valentine.
Above is Goepper’s tweet.
In an interview with US Weekly Magazine, Goepper stated that the contest was “like a tryout.” There were no special requirements. Contestants needed to post something creative to either Twitter or Instagram to catch his attention using #iwanttodatenick.
With online dating starting to become a social norm, and with shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette becoming American women’s sick obsession, the more I thought about how we have become a generation who is obsessed with advertising ourselves and who we are.
Although Nick was the one looking for the Valentine, Entertainment Weekly posted some of their favorite videos of the girls they thought Nick should choose. The blog post included pros and cons of each girl’s video, as well as, one memorable moment.
After looking at all the contestants, Goepper finally chose a winner. The lucky winner, Annie Rogers is a biology major at Kent State. Along with a monologue on why Goepper should pick her, Rogers sang ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz changing the lyrics into her own creation. Rogers’ also created a Twitter account just so she could send her entry to Goepper.
After watching Rogers’ video along with some other girls’ videos, I noticed that although Rogers noted things Goepper liked, she also talked about herself more than the other girls. Rogers’ video didn’t make me feel uncomfortable like a lot of the other videos did. Rogers wrote in an email, “I had seen an interview Nick did before the Olympics and thought he seemed like such a sweet guy so I figured I had nothing to lose by entering the contest.” Rogers decided to sing for her video since it was something she felt comfortable doing.
Goepper and Rogers date will take place in the big apple in the next couple weeks. In an interview Goepper stated that he was excited to go on a date with Annie and hopes she will teach him a few guitar cords. As of now, only time will tell how the relationship between Goepper and Rogers will pan out, but one thing is for sure, online dating, like advertising, is here to stay.
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