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“I was not doing this as market research,” he insists.“I did it because, dammit, I was 36, I had a great job [in sales and marketing at Boulevard Media] and a fulfilling life, but at the end of the day, it seemed to me that spending two hours online at the end of my week or going to the Yaletown Brewery pub didn’t seem to me to be a smart way to meet the girl of my dreams.” The crowded, noisy atmosphere of a pub just wasn’t conducive to meaningful conversations, while the world of online dating was rife with disappointments.Esther (not her real name), a 50-year-old crisis communications management professional, has been divorced for more than 20 years.
Not only are there more singles, there are also fewer opportunities for them to meet one another.
In a discreet, unmarked office in downtown Vancouver, a man is photographed, his driver’s licence photocopied and personal references taken. That report found that while one in 10 respondents in 1991 worked 50 or more hours per week, one in four does so now.
He is asked to complete numerous forms, including a Myers-Briggs personality test, and his vital statistics are entered into a computer database. What you end up with is a large singles population working long hours in solitary conditions with less time to socialize than ever.
So I thought, if I haven’t been successful, why don’t I give this to somebody else? “I feel like it took a lot of the stress and strain out of it.
At least you know that they’re introducing you to someone who meets some basic criteria. ’” The one hitch, Esther admits, is confessing to people about how she met her new beau.