Turns out, the anonymity of online dating isn’t making the process any easier. Research by Harvard Business School shows that fear of rejection can make the simple act of messaging another user as difficult as approaching them in person. Clearly, new strategies are needed. Enter four new dating sites that emphasize face-to-face, voice-to-voice contact as opposed to messaging and chat. Here are four that have caught our eye:
This site was created by a man who became enamored with a lady he found on Pintrest. He figured he probably wasn’t alone in his desire to find out more about a mystery girl whose board was so alluring. PinPal gathers info from the content of people’s Pintrest boards, as well as their Klout scores and other social media networks to find them a match. Then they create a private Pintrest board for you with all your potential pinpals. You click like on the ones you find attractive and they take care of the rest.
Ready your sultry voice, Tawkify is bringing back the voice call. Here’s how it works: you answer 10 questions about yourself and the two people who run the site read your answers and personally match you to another member. Then, they hook you up for a phone date with your match. Mr. Brooks, the in-house love robot, will call you to let you know when you’ve been matched and when you can expect your tawkify phone call. If the chat goes well and you’d like to hear from your match again, log in to the site and click call again. If the other person clicks call again, you have yourself a date.
As opposed to sifting through profiles, followed by chat banter and flirting, you post your favourite date ideas on the site, then check out other singles ideas. People can get in touch if the date idea and the profile look appealing. This site is based on the idea that people are at their best when they’re doing what they really like to do. (How about we … bring out camera’s and go on a photography expedition about town, take a beginners class of a language we both want to learn, go for a boozy brunch on a rainy Sunday.) It’s worth checking out for the ideas alone.
This site is fuelled by people power and good will. Volunteer matchmakers act as representatives for members, helping the member make a profile, writing testimonials about them, and suggesting matches. Matchmakers could be friends, family or total strangers. Started by a web developer and human rights activist, the site offers a personal, compassionate take on dating.