Comedian Ginny Hogan joined, then deleted, then joined just about every dating app.
While working in the tech world in her early twenties, Hogan said she would run data analytics on these apps and get into acting while testing them.
This led her to publish her comedic study, ‘How I Used Tinder’s Smart Photos To Prove Once And For All I’m More Attractive Than A Plate Of Cold Refried Beans’, which originally appeared on mcsweeneys.net in 2017. In the article, she created five different Tinder accounts to test if she would be more appealing than a cold plate of refried beans. She was delighted to learn that she was.
Now, Hogan has combined his love of data and humor for his recently released book, “I’m More Dateable than a Plate of Refried Beans: And Other Romantic Observations.” It’s a collection of short stories about modern romance interspersed with quizzes and speculation about how famous rom-com characters might fare on dating apps.
“A lot of people say it hits very close to home, which, you know, is good and bad,” Hogan said in a recent phone interview about the book. “I wanted to write something that was relatable, but didn’t trigger anyone. I think it’s a fun read and it’s short enough to be summery and people really enjoyed it.
When Hogan initially pitched the idea for the book, she says she was single but was in a relationship while writing it at the start of the pandemic. This romance fell apart the moment she handed over her last copy. Writing from the different perspectives of being single and being in a relationship, Hogan said she drew inspiration from her real-life experiences, for example when exploring topics such as people who use dating apps but not really singles.
“I wrote this part [‘Creatively Justifying Not Mentioning Your Partner When Sandra Calls You Out’] in, like, a fit of anger,” she said with a laugh. “I had been talking to this guy for months and he didn’t mention he had a girlfriend. When I called him, he got defensive and said, “I didn’t know you wanted to know.” He was so mad. He couldn’t even just apologize.
She also discusses what TV shows to watch during different phases of relationships.
“At the end, we were watching ‘Game of Thrones’ because it had to be something really gripping that we could talk about a lot because we couldn’t hold a conversation among ourselves anymore,” she said. She also shares tips on what shows to watch before moving in together, during the honeymoon phase and even after the breakup.
Hogan said she was fine with being single. She doesn’t mind her friends and family asking about her love life, but hates the idea that “all single people are looking for relationships.”
“I know that’s the kind of thing we’re taught to want, but I don’t think that’s the thing we should want,” she said. “I’m okay with someone asking me if I’m dating in general, but what I don’t like is that if I say I’m not dating, they want to pair me up with someone. a. There are dating apps if I want to find a date and I can find a date, but I can actively choose not to as well.
She has lived in San Francisco, New York and currently resides in Los Angeles, but said her favorite place to date is New York.
“I felt like everyone in San Francisco worked in the tech industry and it was easy to feel like I was going on the same date over and over again, kind of like a ‘Groundhog Day’ situation,” she shared. “In LA everyone works in entertainment, but in New York people come to New York for so many different reasons and it seemed like a much wider selection to me.”
At the end of the day, Hogan said she was a comedian and just wanted to make people laugh with this book. She also had a great time writing it, noting that it helped her forget the darker days of the early COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.
“It was fun because I was at home all day and falling into a fantasy world while writing,” she said.
She dove deep into a story called “A Match Made in Heaven”, in which God is a woman and she builds a dating app.
“I think I spent a week on it and it was like an escape,” she said. “It was really nice when people DM me and they say things like, ‘I had a really bad day, but then I read your book for half an hour and it cheered me up. moral.’ It’s so good.”