How would you approach dating as if it were your job?
June 21, 2010 11:46 PM Subscribe
How would you approach dating, online and off, as a business problem? If you had to consider sales, marketing, consumer research -- what would you be doing to sell the product (i.e., the single you)? What are creative approaches to helping a girl find a guy?
posted by AmitinLA to Human Relations (23 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I have a group of female friends who are all in a similar situation. They are all late 20s/early 30s and are in the dating scene but are having a hard time finding somebody serious. They are interested in getting married within the next 5 years and want to meet someone, preferably someone Jewish. I'm fascinated by this problem as a product guy so I'm meeting with one of them this week to work through the options.
This was inspired by another friend who set up 5 dates in one night on an online dating site and decided to pick the best of the bunch. They've been together for 3 years now and I thought that was a fantastic, business-like approach to the problem that solves a lot of the psychological problems towards dealing with the problems of choice. The OkCupid blog has lots of neat data analysis as well. I'm looking for some additional anecdotal evidence to round out this forthcoming experiment. Considering what you know about online dating and the variables you can control (profile, pics, messages, etc.) and the ones you can't, do you have any similar, creative approaches?