DAT­ING. UNPLUGGED!

CLICK, TAP, SWIPE, RE­PEAT. IT’S ALL SO… IMPERSONAL. ON­LINE DAT­ING WAS SUP­POSED TO MAKE FIND­ING SOME­ONE EAS­IER, SO WHY DOES IT FEEL LIKE SUCH A CHORE?

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 With a ca­reer that took up a lot of his time and en­ergy, on­line dat­ing had be­gun to feel like Rick Swan­son’s sec­ond job. He spent hours fil­ter­ing through on­line dat­ing pro­files but time af­ter time, the spark just wasn’t there. That’s when Rick saw an ad for It’s Just Lunch (IJL) in an air­line magazine and de­cided to give match­mak­ing a try. To­day, Rick cred­its It’s Just Lunch with in­tro­duc­ing him to the love of his life, Kristina. Life be­fore It’s Just Lunch? Kristina: I just found the whole on­line dat­ing thing com­pletely un­man­age­able and daunt­ing. I wanted some­one who knew me to “fix me up” and when a friend sug­gested IJL, I did some re­search and found it to be the right “match” for me.  It’s Just Lunch Match­mak­ers: What was work­ing with a match­maker like? Rick: The in­ter­view process was re­ally valu­able. San­dra, my match­maker, was gen­uinely in­ter­ested in learn­ing about me. She re­ally wanted to un­der­stand what I was look­ing for in a woman, what I found at­trac­tive, what I found in­ter­est­ing, what in­trigued me. We talked about my work, my out­side in­ter­ests, etc. When some­one is lead­ing you through the process, it makes you think. San­dra got me to re­flect hon­estly on what I was look­ing for. Best part of the IJL ex­pe­ri­ence? K: It was su­per easy be­cause IJL ar­ranged the dates. All I had to do was get ready and meet at the restau­rant. And un­like on­line dat­ing, I felt that my dates were in­ter­ested in meeting qual­ity peo­ple, not one-night stands. Your match­maker calls you up with a match and then gives you the de­tails of the date. All you have to do is show up and have fun! What makes you two a great match? K: He’s com­fort­able in his own skin. He loves the fact that I am con­fi­dent! I can just be who I am, and I’ve never felt so at ease with any­one else. Ad­vice for sin­gles con­sid­er­ing IJL? R: Dat­ing is a real chal­lenge in our fast paced, al­ways con­nected, and fre­quently impersonal world. Hav­ing a real per­son on your side, help­ing to find the right part­ner is a huge plus. The suc­cess of It’s Just Lunch is built on cre­at­ing high qual­ity matches in low pressure sit­u­a­tions. In 27 years, they’ve set up mil­lions of first dates. Get in touch at it­sjustlunch. com.

JACQUIE BROWNRIDGE

MELISSA BROWN

JULIE LOPEZ

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