Normally a business and/or marketing term, demographics can also be used to describe a persons key dating pool (well, it can now because that’s what this post is using it for!). For instance, mine would be males between the ages of 24-38 preferably over 6ft in a decent job making upwards of $50,000 per year (the number isn’t as important as the ambition and aspirations behind it). Everyone has an idea of what the key demographics of their dating pool are – whether they choose to define it as I just have or not.
I’ve taken this opportunity to discuss what my target demographics are to illustrate just how far off my goal I currently seem to be!
So, last week a wonderful gentleman stopped me to tell me I looked pretty that day.
WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! FUCK YEAH!!!!! I love it when people tell me I’m pretty. It’s, um, a rare occurrence. Not that I think I’m hideous I just really don’t put much effort into my appearance (thinking that things like intelligence, wit and sense of humor are far more important). Needless to say that made my day. There was just one teeny tiny thing that cast a slight shadow over this otherwise momentous occasion. The man is gay. NOT my target demographic.
Next (yes, that’s right, I was having a really ‘on’ week and got told I was pretty not once, but TWICE!) I was in the line at the Starbucks by my place and in line behind a mother and her young daughter. The daughter was about eight years old and staring at me. I’m not really good with kids so I tried to ignore her at first but she just kept staring so eventually I looked at her and smiled. She smiled back and then tugged at her mother’s sleeve saying, “Mommy, that girl is really pretty. Look mommy!” Boy were my cheeks red.
It was like the sweetest thing in the world but umm, eight year old girls really aren’t my demographic either. If possible even less so than gay men.
My question is, what does this say about me – or rather, my appearance? I’m aesthetically pleasing to little girls? That’s just so not what I was going for!