Karens can’t even get a date now.
Women who have 2020’s most unfortunate name are complaining — as so-called Karens stereotypically do — that they can’t even find suitors online now that their names have been dragged, according to a dating app.
Wingman, which helps hook up friends with friends, said users named Karen have reported getting few matches on the app this year than last, as reported by The Daily Mail. According to the survey, poor Karens are getting nearly a third fewer matches and fewer responses to messages in the dumpster fire year that is 2020. Wingman also said Karens reported less engagement while using the app, with a 45% drop in activity.
The app, which was included in a roundup of the best dating apps of 2020 on Tom’s Guide, said this decrease in interest has only been for women named Karen. However, women with different spellings of the name — such as Karin, Carin and Caren — have also been impacted by the dating drought too, though far less severe with a 22% drop.
Otherwise, the app said it has seen a 350% increase in usage in the US since the pandemic began in March.
Since the app relies on written endorsements for pals looking to meet friends-of-friends, a common one for Karen, according to The Daily Mail, is “She’s not a real Karen.”
“The trends we observe in online dating typically reflect what’s happening in the real world,” Wingman CEO and founder Tina Wilson said.
In the real world, white women with the nickname “Karen” have been lumped together and perceived negatively as stereotypes that often complain to managers, call the cops or even, worst of all, burst out into racist tirades. The name has since gotten the meme treatment online as real-life “Karens,” like Amy Cooper, who called the cops on a bird watcher in Central Park, have emerged.