Here's The Real Reason You're Undateable

12/26/2012 12:22 pm ET | Updated Feb 25, 2013
  • JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG The New York Times

As she nibbled on strawberry shortcake, Jessica LaShawn, a flight attendant from Chicago, tried not to get ahead of herself and imagine this first date turning into another and another, and maybe, at some point, a glimmering diamond ring and happily ever after.

She simply couldn't help it, though. After all, he was tall, from a religious family, raised by his grandparents just as she was, worked in finance and even had great teeth.

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