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Edmond Rostand wrote about courtship via a third party in his 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac (later made into the Steve Martin film, “Roxanne”).
The idea of hiring a virtual assistant to handle the hunt for a romantic partner was more recently floated by Tim Ferriss, author of “The Four-Hour Work Week” and New York Post writer Carrie Seim, both of whom hired virtual assistants to help track down dates.
“At some point, the tone and timbre of his e-mails just changed.
I asked him about it and he said, ‘I’m not a very good writer so I was having a married friend of mine write the e-mails.’ I felt that was false, like I was falling for the wrong guy.” Too far or not far enough?
“Maybe these guys are shy and need some help to get a girl to notice them,” says Marzi Alavi, a 27-year-old from Manhattan who’s in public relations.
“He might be really cool but can’t write an e-mail for the life of him. I think half the people would be offended and the other half wouldn’t.
For somebody as busy as I am, sitting down and doing that is not productive.” Cyber-Cyranos Outsourcing one’s love life is nothing new, of course.“I think it’s a scary trend for a lot of different reasons,” says Tiia Jones, a 41-year-old teacher from Seattle who writes a blog about online dating.