For the single person, it’s been a long-standing complaint that Vancouver’s dating scene is difficult.
And it’s for that reason a 29-year-old Vancouver woman has taken a unique approach to finding love.
She’s launched a “slightly anonymous” dating incentive program website to help her find the man of her dreams.
I wish I could regale you with an invented story of how we first bumped into each other on the seawall on a drizzly day. I agreed, suddenly struck with the certain knowledge that he was The One. Speed dating, which was invented in the late 1990s, is an in-person version of Tinder.
But the truth is that we both downloaded apps on our phones, swiped right on each other’s pics, and lo and a behold, received an “It’s a Match! There are a variety of companies (see below) in Vancouver that offer the service but the premise is basically the same: you show up at a given venue and have a series of brief “dates” (sometimes only a few minutes long) with other singles.
Then there’s the top tier and grand prize both for the matchmaker and the single lady.
For finding her a match that results in an engagement, ‘cupid’ will get a destination vacation worth $2,000.
The problem is sussing out exactly what dating site to pour your time, energy, and even money into.
The online dating world is a rich and interesting place for those looking to get back into dating—or meeting others in any capacity—at any point in your mature adult life.
I used to think that I was a hopeless case until I realized that, like any skill, the more you flirt, the better you get at it. A friend of mine advocates making a list of the things you’re looking for in a potential mate, and I’m all for being clear about what you want.
Speed dating is a great option for getting out there, chatting with new people who are as nervous as you are (believe me), and building your confidence. Nonetheless, while someone can seem logically (he’s over 6’ tall, and can quote Shakespeare), in reality, the romantic chemistry may not be there.
I’ve done speed dating a few times and, overall, came out of the process with some dates and revelations. Yes, there are people who are natural flirts and ooze effortless charm, but for many others, flirting is a daunting endeavor.