A Postcard from Russia

Postcard - Love

Today’s postcard shares a cute little story from a woman in Russia.

“Last summer I had a really fantastic date that has changed my life completely… I had a date with a man who I hadn’t never seen before this day. For this date I travelled 3000 km by train and we met in a small Russian town and spent there 3 weeks together. And now, I’m writing this card and he is sleeping on the sofa next to me. We decided to get married.”

Distance traveled: 5781 miles

For more on this project, click here.

Postcard Surveys and Stories

Postcards Postcrossing

In the past I’ve used Postcrossing.com  to swap postcards with random people all over the world, just for fun. Now I’m using it to find out a little more about the dating culture around the world.

On the incoming postcards, I’ve requested that the senders share anything they want about dating.

On the outgoing postcards I’m conducting a very short survey:


  1. In your culture, how old is too old to be single…
    1. for a female?
    2. for a male?
  2. In your culture, how young is too young to get married…
    1. for a female?
    2. for a male?
  3. Do/did your parents put pressure on you to get married?
    1. Yes, a lot
    2. Yes, but not too much
    3. No

I sent out a small batch of postcards not too long ago and the responses are slowly trickling in. It’ll take awhile until I’ve had enough survey responses to share the results, but I’ll share any dating stories as they come in.

I’m excited to see how this turns out! Do any of you readers have ideas for questions about the dating culture in other countries?

OkCupid – The Deep End

OkCupid analyzes its users’ data and publishes insights in The Deep End.

Their recent article takes a look at the changes from 2005 to 2015, with some surprising results, starting with this question:

First Date

It’s a dramatic drop, but my first reaction was that this could be a reflection of online dating becoming more common, rather than a major shift in sexual behavior.

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