Can You Learn To Love A Voice?

- Very Serious: An Advice Column By Kelly Conaboy -
Can You Learn To Love A Voice?

Kelly Conaboy is writing an advice column for Dipp readers. It's going to be very serious. So serious, in fact, we named it Very Serious: An Advice Column by Kelly Conaboy. Just email her at with whatever's bothering you and each week, Kelly will solve one lucky reader's biggest problem. You can read all of Kelly's excellent advice here.

Dear Kelly,

If you find out you don’t like a person’s voice on the first date, does it make sense to go on more dates with them? Can a person ever change their mind about another person’s voice?



As I’m sure you know, Louise, this is one of the great dangers of app-based dating. You fall in love with a person’s profile and the information you’ve gleaned via Google-based stalking — they have a cute dog, and an interesting job! they dress well! they don’t tweet very often! — and you meet them and find that their speaking voice, to you, sounds exactly like the SCREEEEEEECH that happens when a large truck comes to an abrupt stop. Damn.

No matter how hot they are, how polite they are, how funny they are — a voice that doesn’t agree with your voice preferences can be an immediate dealbreaker. I get it. A friend of mine once said she thought Tinder, et. al, should encourage users to upload an audio clip of themselves counting to ten, to give potential daters a better sense of whether they’d be attracted in reality. It’s an incredible idea and I can’t believe no company has taken her up on it. (If a company reads this and decides to take her up on it please contact me for her contact information; reading this is a legal agreement that you will give her 50% of the profits.) (And you have to give me 20%.) (Sorry, but you agreed.)

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