Dating bed bugs
(Given a choice, isn't that who you'd bite?)Not that that makes us single guys any less paranoid.For single men and women these days, the threat of bedbugs has supplanted even the nastiest STD as the lurking fear that keeps us up at night—and, unfortunately, even barricaded in our own clean apartments, where we've chosen to tuck in with only Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to keep us warm."I fear bedbugs more than anything else on the face of the earth," says Rebecca, a 24-year-old who works in fashion and lives in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.
Now, the itch caused by bedbugs is causing relationships to come under even more pressure.For every story you hear about a woman hushing up her bedbug problem, there are four about a guy who had an infestation and didn't know it—until the girl he brought home woke up covered in red welts.Blame biology: Men's skin appears to be somewhat less reactive to the proteins in bedbugs' saliva, and it seems to me that the insects also show a marked preference for feeding on female hosts.There aren't a lot of girls who can look sexy in a knee-length homespun shift and head scarf, but she pulled it off, thanks to enormous blue-green eyes and the sort of body you see only on 24-year-olds who spend their abundant free time in dance class.On the I'd recently cannonballed back into the dating pool after a divorce, and even though I'm only 33, I'd been off playing house for the part of young adulthood where you learn how to approach strange women at parties, and it showed in my chatting-up technique.