I have this friend. He’s all of 24, very sweet; one of the nicest people I know. I haven’t talked to him in a long time, and when I did today, I told him I’ve moved and have a new flatmate. Girl or boy? he asks. Girl, I say. Is she hot? he asks.

Why oh why does every straight single guy I know do this?
This being ask me about my friends, right off, in terms of their hotness. I mean, more relevant questions would be is she nice? Is she funny? Is she easy to get along with? But no, apparently the most important thing about my having new flatmate has nothing to do with our interactions, but with the faint possibility that there might, someday, be a chance to tap that.

Wednesday Guy did this too. He was in Bangalore and, while chatting with me about friends there etc, he asked me if I knew any hot chicks in Bangalore. Which was stupid of him, because my immediate reaction was, well, if I did, there’s no way I’m introducing you now you shallow pervert, because clearly, all you want is to find hot chicks you can tap, and aren’t interested in conversation, company or friendship.

Okay, maybe I’m overreacting a bit, but seriously. What do you think I’m going to say? Yes, these are my hot friends, go and be creepy with them?