Speed dating in manhattan
The company threw a similar stunt in London last July, where singles decorated their bags with doodles and 140-character fun facts about themselves.
“Mobile dating has been trivialized by apps that focus too much on speed and looks, and too little on essential human qualities,” says Dr.
The problem with sex in this city is that there’s just too many partners to choose from, so no one wants to settle down.
“Or they would have a weird, squeaky voice, or they would smell odd.” So meeting men in the flesh — even while wearing a sack over their face — removes that potential “ew” factor.
Looking for long-term love in the city that never sleeps has always been nearly impossible.
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Loveflutter’s relationship psychologist. “Wit is sexier than looks, and unlike looks it determines long-term compatibility.” The current crop of picture-perfect dating apps, such as Tinder and Grindr, emphasize face value.
Users make a snap judgment based on someone’s profile shot, and in Tinder’s case they swipe them to the right or the left as they deem them hot or not.
City singles are so frustrated with the local meet market that offbeat speed-dating parties are actually starting to look pretty good.
Take Tauren Hagans, 40, from Kingsbridge, who had one skeevy suitor who she met online stand her up on what would have been their first date. “I started getting texts from his girlfriend telling me I was a homewrecker, and ‘BTW, he has herpes,’ ” gasps Hagans, who didn’t know he was half of a couple. But we all want to be loved, so you just keep on trying.” While Hagans admits she’s had the wool pulled over her eyes by potential suitors, she’s never put a bag over her head.
But participants had such a blast hooking up at Loveflutter’s anti-Tinder party that the hosts are bringing it across the pond, beginning with NYC — and not a minute too soon, say singles.
“Dating here is definitely more complicated than anywhere else,” says Alida Brandenburg, 30, who moved to Williamsburg from San Francisco a year ago.
Enter “Paper Bag Speed Dating” at the New York Hall of Science on Wednesday, where participants meet potential matches by donning the humble lunch tote.
The event, hosted by London-based dating app Loveflutter, is pushing its #Say No To Shallow campaign to showcase personality over appearance.