Just as trendiness has spawned the dating app phenomenon, it has also brought people back to practices they consider nostalgic, like dance lessons, love letters, and now, speed-dating.Woman Number 10, who is Chinese, has brought along her friend Lin.The other day I had a trio of men all under 25 tell me they had found their latest girlfriends at a recent event.These young daters seem to be looking beyond newfangled methods like Tinder in the same way that they are wearing vintage hats and buying vinyl records.Woman Number Four sidles over to me, waving a ringing phone.“It’s a man! Maybe this stranger just has more potential, simply because he's a photograph, than, for example, Man Number Four sitting in front of her, with his almost empty pint of beer and pinkish stubble.* * *With the industry’s change in speed has come a change in depth.Using a dating app is an inherently shallow process, like shopping through a catalog of faces.“So just put down whatever you need to keep track.”He turns his scorecard to me. ”The scorecard is blank, apart from the word CHASER–slang for “clingy”—printed angrily next to Number 7.* * *Perhaps surprisingly, the speed-dating demographic also includes a number of people in their 20s.In my experience, events for the 21-to-31 age category are some of the busiest and most successful.
Some are bald, some are overweight, and a few are gorgeous.I should change the rules of the evening so that the men stay seated and the women switch tables.He can pin his name badge on himself and won’t be needing a scorecard.I’m still placing out table numbers when he walks in.He scans the floor with his cane, feeling out the spaces between tables. Before I can even worry about it, he tells me what I should do.