2016 dating strategy: Carrie balances her needs for lust and love with profiles on Tinder and Hinge, though she places more hope in the latter for a new romance. Still unable to figure out how to take a selfie on her iPhone (that she finally got two years ago), her photos show her at various events, as well as a cover of New York Magazine that she was featured on 10 years ago. The pictures are certainly more attractive than her bio, which reads: “48, writer/editor, *high-heel emoji* *high-heel emoji* *high-heel emoji.*”
First date: After struggling through some seriously emoji-heavy flirting on Hinge, Carrie agrees to go out with a 30-something freelancer from Williamsburg. They meet at Dirty French, where they order the côte de boeuf (he gets anxious about the price, but she says it’s on her). The two talk about what it’s like to be a writer in New York City and Carrie tries really hard to feign embarrassment when a fellow diner asks for her autograph. At one point, she muses, "I just feel like the city is really its own character in my writing." He never calls her again.