On Day 37, after more than a month of straddling the line between romance and forced rom-com montages, like the video in which they hold hands for an entire day, Tim finally acknowledges this, writing, “This hasn’t been ‘real’ dating, and nothing about this experience has necessarily felt natural.” And if it’s not real dating, well, what is it? I get the sense that if it weren’t for the sake of the experiment, Tim and Jessie never would’ve gone out in the first place, judging by the amount of times they talk about how incompatible they are and how they’re probably better off just as friends.“This relationship is ruining our relationship,” Tim wrote on Day 15.“If I like a guy and he’s interested, then that’s great! Not that there’s anything wrong per se with mining your life for your art but if their goals are to explore themselves and to provide insights about real relationships, it doesn’t seem conducive to be so concerned with the project’s aesthetic and plotline.

In the final post, Tim notes that he thinks Jessie wanted a happy story all along.

JW: Before the experiment, I was trying to chase love, in a way.

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), and much more positively than usual (seriously, shut up), even though they had no way of knowing if I was dangerous/crazy/into house music. I like your style." I’ll pause to acknowledge a trend you may have noticed in the quotes so far. Then we can eat some chicken nuggets…” over “Lol you decide,” any day.

The most frequently suggested date idea was for me to come up with the date idea.

A recap: I ended up getting way more responses than I'm used to (shut up). And that was kind of my biggest takeaway from this whole thing -- we still live in a world where it is apparently laughable that I ask the girl to come up with the date idea.

More than HALF of the girls I messaged responded to me (54! Sure, maybe it’s pure laziness on my part to wish that more of the responses had been creative and usable date ideas, but I’ll take “Bowling…

The creators have also signed with a Hollywood talent agency, though Tim told Buzzfeed their goal is not to give the world another bad rom-com.

For Day 40, they posted a video of themselves reading parts of their posts from the last few days, the spiraling downward—fights at Disney World, a silent plane ride home, the final, unsurprising but still somehow sad decision not to stay together after the experiment. Jessie stops reading at one point, Tim’s entire head turns bright red.

I had a much more carefree attitude, which helped in my dating life. It wasn’t love at first sight on the first date–I was much more reserved after 40 Days.