Luckily for some, speed dating is still a thing — events specialists Get are one of the largest companies on the go offering such singles nights, and they’re capitalising on the pre-Valentine’s rush with a raft of nights planned between now and 14 February.
The speed-dating nights costing between €20 and €29 per person; events in Dublin take place in either Cafe en Seine or Howl at the Moon, while in Cork and Galway the venues are the Long Island Cocktail Club and the Skeff Bar, respectively.
Casual users are allowed scroll through several pages of profile before being told they must sign up to continue using the site.
The tactic has paid off over the years — the site has a huge number of Irish users (a random search for 29-year-old women within ten miles of Wexford throws up 152 accounts, for instance — not entirely scientific, but it certainly indicates the popularity of the service).
Sprucing up your dating profiles with better photos and shorter bios with upbeat key words and deleting bad selfies can help boost your chances of finding a prospective suitor online, experts say.
And now is the peak time to meet that special someone. The dating site reports 50 million messages sent and 1 million dates occurring during this time.
That means using too many dating sites can mean you’re less likely to meet someone you actually want to have a relationship with. You should also avoid words like “independent,” Gandhi says.
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One such story from this year pinpointed 5 January as the most popular day of the year for internet dating.
The dating site generally sees a 25 to 30 per cent boost in traffic between Christmas and 14 February, and their survey even went as far as to pick 8.57pm on 5 Jan as the most likely time to find love online.
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