When Erin Williams met someone on a dating app, she didn’t expect to end up with homework.
Williams, who lives in Edmonton, connected with her match on Bumble, a dating app that only allows women to make the first move.
His match asked him to watch Seinfeldthen write a 500-word essay explaining why it’s the best show and their favorite new one.
“I had never looked Seinfeld before, and it was [the] opening message,” she told CBC Edmonton. Active Radio.
“I know a few bits like Elaine’s bad dance, but that’s it.”
Most of the other conversations she’s had on dating apps are pretty generic, with small chats like “Hey, how was your weekend?”
But Williams found this exchange hilarious and immediately jumped on the challenge.
A follower of academic journals, Williams even asked if she could quote in APA (American Psychological Association) style.
“I thought it would be even better,” she said. “That would make it even more hilarious because I’m going to find references now.”
Williams learned from Wikipedia that Seinfeld is the show about nothing, so she figured she could write the essay without watching the whole series.
She found an article with a list of the best episodes and picked one called The Comeback, in which George Costanza tries to come up with a good comeback after someone insults him.
Williams watched the episode twice before moving on to what the article considered the second-best episode, The Soup Nazi, and then the third-best, The Library.
“I only watched those three episodes,” she said.
Williams didn’t put much effort into the tryout, but she expected her match to continue to converse with her after she submitted the tryout.
The match acknowledged the try but did not respond.
Williams was sent off.
She contacted him again, urging him to take a compatibility quiz for her. She had written him an essay, after all.
“He took it, but he didn’t say anything,” Williams said, adding that he passed with a B-plus. “He didn’t text me or message me through the app to say anything.”
He had ghosted her.
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Ghosting occurs when a person ends a relationship by suddenly withdrawing from all communication with the other person, without explanation. It’s a controversial practice hated by many singles.
“I really thought [this] was different,” Williams said. “I actually thought he’d get back to me and tell me his favorite episode and then we’d talk about it a bit.”
The experience “could be a Seinfeld episode’
Williams tweeted about her strange experience.
Her tweet elicited dozens of responses, including one from a professor who gave her an A-plus.
“Twitter [users have] a theory that he ghosted me because I used Wikipedia as a reference,” Williams said.
I told a guy on Bumble that I hadn’t seen Seinfeld and he challenged me to watch an episode and then write a 500 word essay for him. I did it and it ghosted 🙃🙃🙃 pic.twitter.com/f5WvJeI2AV
She claims Seinfeld‘s large fanbase, coupled with a societal hatred of ghosts, is why his tweet took off the way it did.
“Someone actually commented and said that in itself could be a Seinfeld episode,” Williams said with a laugh.