Dates seem like job interviews
Riley Spratt, 24, a marketing assistant, has been single for a year and has been on about 25 dates during that time. She says: “IT can get a little exhausting. I go through peaks and troughs with dating; I’ll go through a phase where I’ll go on a date about once a week, then I’ll get over it and delete all the apps off my phone and give it all up. But a month or two later, I’m back to it.
Dating has become so competitive now, it’s all about what your profile looks like and the dates seem almost like job interviews, it can get pretty intense. When you go on a date with someone you’ve met through an apps you have to go on blind faith that they’re not a psycho and that you will have some little thing in common. It’s a little overwhelming sometimes, it’s like there are too many options and everyone’s so disposable. For that reason I try to keep costs down because you don’t want the added pressure of spending too much if the date doesn’t go well.
You have to assume the photos people put on their profile are about 20 per cent better than they are in real life. I’ve been on a few dates where the person looked nothing like their profile at all. One guy even thanked me for staying and said his last two dates had shot through after meeting him. I’ll always stay and have a chat.
Meeting people is so different to my parent’s generation, it seemed like a much simpler process then. Back then, you’d go on a date and if you got along, then that seemed to be enough to keep dating. Even in a bar these days you’ll see so many people with their eyes on their screens looking for dates on an app or online rather than having a face-to-face experience. I find guys are scared to ask you out in real life, it’s easier if they can hide behind a screen so the rejection is not so bitter.”
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