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Perfect Match by Matthew McGuirk

It just made sense and nothing else had worked. They have so many of those dating apps and there are plenty of people at bars and coffee shops, but really that’s hit or miss. There were tromps from dinner to bed or coffee to bed or just to bed and conversations over drinks that made me think and various other ventures where the venue seemed to mean more than the person. Late nights with no sleep were my life and that really is what led me to the discovery of Perfect Match, a company that will find you someone with a similar set of characteristics to you, someone compatible…with only a small bit of you as collateral. They claim to be a better fit than, but that claim put them back a little after the lawsuit. I didn’t have much to spend my money on being a single guy...always looking, so I thought why not.

All you have to do is put a vial of spit in the mail inside this little box they give you that already has the address stamped on it, simple as that. It’s enroute and makes its way to their scientists, white coats and computers and zip, zap they pair you up with someone compatible. Still, I wonder how many people put that little package in the mail and does compatible DNA really make you compatible people?

Soon the matches started coming in: Taylor from LA likes reading and writing and is right brained and I really wasn’t sure how DNA told you all that, but I had already done 23 and Me and they can tell you if you are more likely to be addicted to coffee or not, so I suppose DNA can really tell you anything. Mia from Miami loves the outdoors and has plenty of animals and that’s something I longed for in my small apartment in the city.

What did this all mean though? How did the next step work? I guess it was sort of like any of those sites with a swipe left or right sort of thing. I swiped right and then we’d see where it went. I was sure if our DNA was the perfect match, then maybe we were too!


Matt McGuirk teaches and lives with his family in New Hampshire. BOTN 2021 nominee with words in various lit mags and a debut collection with Alien Buddha Press called Daydreams, Obsessions, Realities available on Amazon and linked on his website. Website: Twitter: @McguirkMatthew Instagram: @mcguirk_matthew.

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