It is a simple concept, however, it has perplexed the minds of young singles everywhere. Dating: one simple word, many, many complexities. Being in a bustling young city like D.C., it’s easy to meet and mingle with youthful singles. However, meeting young people is not the problem. It’s meeting the right person.
Times have transformed the thoughts and traditions of human interaction. Once considered desperate and cheesy, online dating has become a staple in the dating market. Among the most popular are Match.com, Eharmony.com and PerfectMatch.com. Match.com says, “it’s okay to look,” while Eharmony.com gives subscribers the chance to see who they could potentially be matched with, without paying a fee. There’s no need to feel ashamed of online dating, and these Web sites make sure of that. Highly publicized are success stories of their subscribers. Everything from several dates to marriage shows you that there is someone out there for you, and they are online as well! If you have a busy work schedule along with personal demands, and finding the time to enjoy a night on the town is becoming increasingly harder, then online dating sounds like the ideal solution for you. On the other hand, if you are not so tech savvy, take a shot at speed dating.
Speed dating, ranging in time from 4 minutes to 10 minutes per person, is the perfect way to meet several singles at one time. The prospect of meeting so many people in the same shoes as you, all in one location, is a rarity. For the unfamiliar, speed dating is kind of like a game of musical chairs; except the opposite sex is your chair getting eliminated one by one. Saddened by the stop of the music (or sound of the buzzer) if you are interested in the other person or extremely relieved if bored out of your mind. Whether a success or a failure, speed dating is a great way to increase your circle of contacts: friendly or affectionately.
For those uneasy about both of these concepts, there is always that brave solution: personal contact. If you have been unsuccessful with this game before, change your arena. There are so many different bars in D.C. that it is discerning to say, “I’ve tried them all.” Certain areas are cursed with a specific crowd, however, that crowd may appeal to you. Here are some tips:
1. Scope the area: Never tie yourself down to one place.
2. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you.
3. The Three Ss: Scan (the crowd), Strike (your target), Score (some digits)
4. Travel in packs: friendly encouragement never hurts.
Above all else, have fun. Life entails too much seriousness, so don’t add more to your plate. Enjoy spending time with friends and meeting new people. It is also important to take time for yourself and see what you want out of dating. Don’t settle for the convenience and do place your standards high. So head online, to your local speed dating party or hoppin’ bar and make the most of the unpredictable possibilities.