Chronicle; Decision anxiety & holiday series in a rainy holiday paradise

Björnstierne Antonsson

Björnstierne Antonsson

TheChampagneSommelier reflects over decision anxiety & dating. [read the full champagne story] 

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

The woman on the mobile screen reminds a bit of Charliz Theron and she flirts uninhibitedly with the camera. Still, my friend swipes left.

What are you doing? I ask shocked. You are definitely not too good looking for her.

An eight in a picture is a six in reality, he mutters and then rates another three women on the dating app Tinder.

My buddy thinks he’s too cool for school and swipes left on all the potential dates. He’s out there rating women like they’re contestants on a dating show. “An eight in a picture is a six in reality,” he says, like he’s a judge on America’s Got Talent for dating profiles. Swipe left, swipe right, but no matches – talk about a dating app drama!

I can totally relate when it comes to picking a show on Netflix. British police series or a documentary about fancy murderers? Maybe that Norwegian comedy thing people were raving about? I start a series, but after a few minutes, I’m like, “Nah, this ain’t it,” and switch to something else. Decision-making Olympics, anyone?

Psychology professor Barry Schwartz nailed it with the tyranny of freedom of choice. So many options, yet we end up paralyzed with indecision. Back in the day, we didn’t have many choices, and we’d suffer through cringe-worthy daytime soaps just because there was nothing better. But now, with hundreds of channels and streaming platforms, we’re spoilt for choice, and it’s driving us bonkers.

Being content is the key, they say. But come on, who can be content when there’s a Belgian five-plus drama hiding somewhere in the vast Netflix jungle while you’re stuck watching a British four-plus action flick?

The FoMo is real!

And don’t even get me started on my friend who’s become an “incel couch potato.” He used to be a ladies’ man, but now he’s at home, swiping through an endless stream of girls, waiting for Elsa Hosk’s long-lost twin sister to show up as a “match.” Dream big, dude, dream big!

Honestly, the odds of me winning a Nobel Prize seem higher than him finding that elusive twin sister. So, here I am, still zapping between channels, swiping through dating profiles, and lost in the sea of choices, hoping to find my perfect match – be it on TV or in real life. Life’s full of choices, and sometimes, the struggle is real!

My weekend tips;

  • Watch: New season of brilliant The Bear.
  • Drink: An ultra elegant Blanc de Blancs outddors – Larmandier-Bernier ‘Les Chemins d’Avize’ 2015.
  • Listen to: Jóipé – Icelandic HipHop.
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