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"Our events ban phones and encourage people to communicate with each other by doing something fun.”It’s unfortunate that many people need the 'excuse' of a weird and wacky event to approach someone face-to-face, but this is the world in which we live, says dating coach Hayley Quinn.
"In 2018, we’re facing two big barriers to meeting people in real life.
"Online dating is so demanding that it can feel like a second job.
People are sick of endless messaging with strangers whom they'll never meet in person."Klinenberg explains that there’s simply too much choice: “People suffer from cognitive overload and don't know how to deal with all the people on their screen.
And not just because of the glut of choice and hard graft often required for success.
"I started hating everyone on Tinder and what I'd become on there.
Now, everyone with a smartphone is carrying a 24/7 singles bar in their pocket. "They're looking for a faster, nicer way to connect in real life.
Now, the big dating sites are doing whatever they can to help."Indeed, apps like Bumble and The Inner Circle are increasingly branching out into IRL events themselves: from Valentine's Day spinning to speed dating with the chance of a free holiday with your match (gulp).
Thirdly, by taking up a hobby you give yourself a much longer window of time to get to know people.
When two people, three hours deep into a date, realise they’ve spent most of it berating the demands of dating apps – the very medium through which the meeting was arranged – it’s clear that something is amiss with our dating culture.
One half of that weary twosome was me a few months ago, and while my date and I shared passionate beliefs about the burden of Bumble and the tedium of “Tinder admin”, that was about as deep as our connection went.
One day I just thought, fuck, something's wrong if your 'Hey world, wanna date me?
' message is a nasty, negative rant."Ann has been on three dates since bowing out of apps and while they've been a mixed bag, she says there are major advantages to only ever connecting with someone in real life.
While most people prefer meeting someone in this way, no one knows how to go about it.