It’s 2013 in San Francisco, CA and online dating is officially socially acceptable and widely used. Relationships already seem to have a tendency to move fast for single adults.
Between e Harmany and Match.com, there are over 35 million users. I think it removes a lot of the challenges that makes dating incredibly exciting and suspenseful. For singles going on more structured dates, there is a lot of pressure to push things to an intimate level or risk falling in the friend zone.
In theory, it certainly cuts off a lot of the old school courtship practice, but not without compromise. A little grayscale and free transform and you can make any fat face blotchy skinned slob look classic, fit and refined. Suppose you’re a nice guy/girl that’s a hair less than stunningly beautiful. The other problem I see with online dating is that every person in inundated with selection, and naturally, everyone wants to sync up with the most attractive person they can. I submitted all my data to this website and the the algorithm hooked us up. Tinder has some potential for adventure, but that app is like taking the 1-10 rating scale and just going binary.
You can screen prospects to some extent, but the savvy online dater is no stranger to photoshop. Sure, there are stories beyond the first encounter, but that first encounter is pretty unromantic.
Couples that meet online spend a third the time courting into marriage compared to offline couples. Sketch balls are a big problem for all forms of dating. That is usually set off by tramp stamps, outfits consisting of greater than 50% animal print, high heels taller than 3.6 inches, or cigarettes.
This goes back to what people are looking for in online dating. I have a flag system worked out for every type of sketch ball. Yellow cards are dished out to dates with a number higher than 30, or ones that walk out of the restroom with a powder coated nose.
My postulation is that the expectation for relationships to “progress” is a little more urgent for those resorting to online dating. I’m exploring and researching this space a little more.
I’m intrigued by the rapid growth of some of these companies receiving millions of dollars in funding.I think there are some ways to alleviate some of the problems with online dating.I think there is room to create more interesting ways to bring potential partners together.It would be interesting to see gamification tied to this segment.I remember Chris met his girlfriend Elissa playing his Boombot portable speaker at the farmer’s market.He created common ground over music interest which is proven to be effective for most anyone.