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"I haven't been on as many dates since, but that’s kind of the point.There's a tendency with dating apps to rush into a first date to avoid wasting time chatting through the app, which inevitably leads to a string of underwhelming dates."The biggest benefit of having an IRL-only rule?"Online dating is so demanding that it can feel like a second job.People are sick of endless messaging with strangers whom they'll never meet in person."Klinenberg explains that there’s simply too much choice: “People suffer from cognitive overload and don't know how to deal with all the people on their screen.
Guys write things like 'Do not message me if...' followed by a list of things that irritate them in their bios."You know what they actually like, sound like and if there is spark.The thought of downloading an app now makes me puke."Chris, a producer in his 20s in London, has been gradually giving up Tinder, Bumble and Once for two years, trying to approach women at events and be introduced by friends instead.One day I just thought, fuck, something's wrong if your 'Hey world, wanna date me?
' message is a nasty, negative rant."Ann has been on three dates since bowing out of apps and while they've been a mixed bag, she says there are major advantages to only ever connecting with someone in real life.The company's off-the-wall events include 'Dirty Scrabble Dating' (speed dating and scrabble with dirty words) and Jenga dating, which it claims help to break the ice.