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But since then, rather than risk spending (read: wasting) yet another evening on an attractive-but-ultimately-disappointing man from the internet, I vowed to put my phone away for a while.
I’m far from alone in feeling tired of apps and more enthused by the prospect of a rom-com-worthy meet-cute.
Secondly, because you’ve had a personal connection, people are less likely to flake on the date.
"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?
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.
“Our simple social skills such as body language, tone of voice and eye contact are really suffering because we're so used to texting or emailing," says Sinclair.
And not just because of the glut of choice and hard graft often required for success.
"I started hating everyone on Tinder and what I'd become on there.
"Our events ban phones and encourage people to communicate with each other by doing something fun.”It’s unfortunate that many people need the 'excuse' of a weird and wacky event to approach someone face-to-face, but this is the world in which we live, says dating coach Hayley Quinn.
"In 2018, we’re facing two big barriers to meeting people in real life.
However, with a valid discussion around harassment happening right now, men may understandably hold back.”But there are advantages of only ever meeting someone IRL, Quinn adds.
"First, you'll know faster if there’s physical attraction and basic compatibility.
Many singles in their 20s and 30s are experimenting with old-school dating methods after one too many mediocre-to-bad online dates, and ‘retro’ ways of meeting people IRL are back with a vengeance, at least in many big UK cities.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating