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Yeah I really struggled with the brush on this one, haha.
The dating scene in NY is full of people who are very good at *dating* as if that is a skill in itself. Being presentable and getting in and out efficiently without any wasted time or feelings. If you date compulsively - multiple dates per week - you do need to keep things lean. I did it too at some point, even knowing the compulsion came from a desperate loneliness and a desire to be wanted. What Eve is doing in this story takes time and energy: waiting for that moment of combustion that can't be produced in a lab. It can only happen at random. Who has time for that?