“It’s like a part-time job trying to filter and write and call and meet.” Thanks to the arrival of online “dating concierges,” though, overly tasked singles can now hand that job over to a third party, who — for a fee — will gladly do that heavy lifting.“I was working crazy hours as a marketing executive, usually over 70 hours a week,” says Scott Valdez, 25-year-old CEO of Virtual Dating Assistants, which functions a bit like an electronic yenta.
Many singles have also turned to sites like E-Cyrano or Look Better Online to have professionals ghostwrite their online dating profiles. “I gave my mom my password and had her going through profiles for me,” says Paige, the Philadelphia marketing guru.
“She was never allowed to write anyone but she sifted and sorted for me because I had so many. I couldn’t keep up.” Trust issues But is turning to a third party to find a date, contact a date and even carry on a correspondence with a date somehow cheating?
featuring an essay by Your Tango Expert Erika Ettin! Today is all about how one online dater became an online dating coach , featuring a personal essay by Your Tango Expert Erika Ettin. Jeremy and I always joke about the fact that I went on so many dates, yet I was only his fourth JDate ever.
I walked into the bar and met Jeremy — my last JDate.
Dating consultants will create your online dating profile, surf the sites for potential dates, handle all communication with people you want to pursue (e-mails are approved beforehand) and even plan the date, down to the clothes you wear and the place you go for dinner.
“They handle the logistical aspect of it so you can focus on meeting people,” says Rick, a 37-year-old marketing executive from Miami who asked that his last name not be used (he’s currently using one of these services).
Before I founded A Little Nudge, where I help people with all aspects of online dating, I was an economist for over seven years.
While I liked my job for a while, by the last year and a half, I was itching to leave.
It was simple — I loved what online dating could do for people, and my love of it made me want to help others with the process.