NEW YORK CITY — When Erica Horning, 26, walked along a Midtown street, she found herself locking eyes with a beautiful stranger — a tall man with olive skin and green eyes dressed in skinny jeans, combat boots and a T-shirt. The man ran over to her, started up a conversation and got her number. '" said Horning, a recruiter who lives near Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
We say yes to a very few - limiting it to locales that are at once casually hip and romantically inspiring. As a reporter for LA Talk said, “ I walked through the venue without even noticing the tables of daters; Speed LA events are so chic and low key you might just walk right by.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Much like a private club, not every dater is for us.
We are the only organization to routinely screen daters we feel may not be a good fit for our clients.
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He took over the New York City franchise of 8 Minute Dating, a speed dating service, in 2003.
"There's no perfect way to meet someone, but you have to let yourself be open and vulnerable — go to an event without cowering in a circle — it's getting back to the basics of personal interaction without being able to hide behind a computer or phone."Slotnick herself runs an online-based dating service — Matchmaker Cafe, an app that works through Facebook — but once participants express interest in each other based on a brief profile, one of Slotnick's employees immediately contacts the pair to set up a date.
There's no back-and-forth messaging."Our goal is to get people to meet," Slotnick said.
Whether or not the meet-cute turns into a relationship, "those moments, I don't want to miss out on them," said Horning, describing them as "special, exciting and unexpected."In comparison, online dating for Horning seems transactional while lacking the energy of an offline meet-cute.
Media headlines and blogs might herald the popularity of online dating, but there are many who keep their love life offline or have returned from the digital world exhausted and burned by smartphone apps and websites that promised a soul mate.
If we meet a dater we don't think you'll fancy meeting, we'll say 'No thank you' so you don't have to.