You lure a few people in, have some banter, even the odd date, but months later you feel more like you’re playing a game of dating roulette than making any meaningful connections. Must be the algorithm…. or something.
Well podcaster Christina Wallace has come up with a way of optimising the online dating process. Using knowledge gained from her work in sales, marketing and startups, she created a forehead-slappingly simple system, which she kindly shared with the masses in a recent TED Talk.
The key takeaway is a pre-screening theory called the ‘zero date’. We’ll let her explain:
“The research, and my experience, shows you only need about 30 seconds with someone to tell if you click.
So I invented the zero date,” she said in her lecture.
“The zero date is one drink, one hour, with the goal of answering one question: ‘Would I like to have dinner with this person?’ Not: ‘Are they the one?’ Literally, ‘Would I like to spend three hours across the table from this person?'”
The theory is designed to save everyone’s time by getting the chat offline as quickly as possible.
Because let’s be honest, you’re going to learn far more meaningful things about a person in a single hour, face-to-face, than you ever could over from two weeks of intermittent Tinder messages.