68% Of Singles Say Traditional Online Dating Isn't Working and Dater Profiles Most Often Inaccurate

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DinnerDate reveals in new survey: Singles eager to meet up in-person faster with less pressure and more dating options.

We started DinnerDate to make dating fun again,” said Andrew Connell, CEO of DinnerDate. “Dating doesn’t need to be a full time job, it should be as simple as a group of interesting people getting together in a relaxed and natural environment to meet each

According to a new survey commissioned by DinnerDate, fifty-eight percent (58%) of singles said that dates they met online are “rarely” a good match while ten percent (10%) said the dates “never are.”

The survey, which looks at singles’ attitudes towards online dating and the ideal first date, reveals that while traditional online dating sites have many users - setting up a date feels more like pursuing a new job, complete with slow communication, random questions and awkward “interviews.”

The survey revealed that traditional online dating faces a number challenges, including:

  •     Kinda Awkward—54% found initial 1:1 dates arranged on dating sites to be awkward (with 60% of women uncomfortable, compared to 43% of men)
  •     Is that Hottie for Real?—77% thought the dates they met in-person were different than their online personas, with 53% thinking profiles had been “fudged” (women just as guilty as men)
  •     Too Much Time —38% of online daters said its takes “way too long” to arrange an in-person date and 53% of those folks said too long is “over 3 weeks”

Singles also said what would make a first date better, including:

  •     Do It in a Group—33% thought meeting with other people would be less pressure
  •     Over Dinner & Drinks—60% said a restaurant is the best spot for getting to know someone new
  •     More Options—37% wanted more men and women to choose from
  •     Conversation Starters— 21% wanted witty conversation starters whispered in their ear

“We started DinnerDate to make dating fun again,” said Andrew Connell, CEO of DinnerDate. “Dating doesn’t need to be a full time job, it should be as simple as a group of interesting people getting together in a relaxed and natural environment to meet each other and have a good time. We like to think of our DinnerDates as ‘enhanced serendipity’ which has been echoed in the great feedback we receive from our daters.”

“With online dating I’d spend all this time emailing with someone and then we’d meet up and it was obvious right away we weren’t a good match. When I tried large group mixers it was hard to know who to talk to and speed dating is just seriously awkward” said Erin Bizsak, DinnerDater and occasional host. “DinnerDate feels natural. It’s like going to a friends’ dinner party with a bunch of interesting people who happen to be single. I always have a fun time.”

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by MarkStrat Group on behalf of DinnerDate from Oct. 21st to 26th, 2012, among 129 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and, therefore, no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact dinnerdate(at)schwartzmsl(dot)com.

About DinnerDate
DinnerDate is an innovative dating service that introduces like-minded singles at hosted
small group dinners held at a city’s top-rated restaurants. Sign-up takes less than ten minutes with no long questionnaires and no exaggerated profiles. Even better, you can be out on a DinnerDate the next day. With DinnerDate say goodbye to “winking” from your laptop and begin connecting in person over a tabletop. All DinnerDates have a volunteer host who is also single to keep conversations flowing and ensure everyone meets each other. So, just sign up, find an event that looks interesting, book your seat, and go have a great time either on your own or with a friend.. For more information visit http://www.DinnerDate.com.

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