One of my biggest pet peeves about online dating is the common practice of dragging out pre-meeting communication. Which is why I love HowAboutWe.com’s new “Chemistry Happens Offline” campaign.
The site just launched a , and a contest inviting people to post video responses to it on HowAboutWe.com’s YouTube page. Unlike other sites, HowAboutWe.com is all about getting to an in-person date as quickly as possible. Members post date activities they want to do and connecting is as simple as finding one you like and clicking “Let’s Go.” I love this approach because it bypasses the tedium of endless back and forth emailing, IM’ing, texting, etc.
I’ve never understood why people — and I think men and women are equally guilty of this – choose to spend so much time communicating online before actually committing to a date. Email isn’t a predictor of chemistry, and yet it seems like many online daters prefer to become cyber pen pals rather cutting to the chase. That’s how I ended up with the following tagline at the end of my profile:
“Guys interested in interminable online communication need not apply.”
Those few words have saved me a lot of time, because the men who contact me tend to quickly suggest either a phone call or meeting in person. Call me crazy, but isn’t that the whole point of going online in the first place?
That you can only discover chemistry offline is something I’ve been happily reminded of since starting my Nominate A Date adventure a few weeks ago. With each bachelor I’ve met so far, I’ve experienced what can only happen when you meet in person – seeing his reaction to something I’ve said, feeling my own response to what he reveals about himself and perhaps the strongest indicator of a growing connection: forgetting all the first dates that have come before and being completely in the moment.
What does “Chemistry Happens Offline” mean to you? Post a video response on HowAboutWe.com’s and you could win $1,500! You can check out my video . More info can be found and be sure to vote for your favorites (hint, hint). And even though Valentine’s Day is over, HowAboutWe.com is offering a 33% discount off any subscription with coupon code .
The contest runs until 12 am on Saturday, March 24th.