I spend half an hour setting up the room, putting café numbers on the tables, and writing out name badges.Then the daters arrive, in ones and twos, slowly filling the bar.They stand for the next 15 minutes nervously twiddling straws and re-tucking shirts. Since the advent of Tinder, Grindr, Tingle, and numerous other dating apps, the attention span of the dating world has shrunk.At a conference in Los Angeles earlier this year, Tinder CEO Sean Rad told press that the app now matches 10 million people every day. Her friend, Woman Number Six, quickly corroborates.“She is.I've never met anyone more cougar-y.”“You know that the men are all going to be over 45, right? “We’re trying to reform her.”* * *On Monday nights, I’m a speed-dating host.I should change the rules of the evening so that the men stay seated and the women switch tables.He can pin his name badge on himself and won’t be needing a scorecard.
The only preconditions are that they have all paid some money, dressed up a bit, come to a bar in town, and pinned on a name badge.
Some would probably not survive a dating app flick session.
Some are bald, some are overweight, and a few are gorgeous.
Speed-dating is also shallow, but it’s more like going into the actual store.
It allows you to look at all sides of the product before committing to it.