Younger Singles Are Over Apps & Want to Meet Face-to-Face at Speed Dating

This article, originally published by NBC Charlotte WCNC, says what we at Pre-Dating Speed Dating are also seeing, people suffering from “dating app fatigue” want to meet new people in person. In 2024 Gen Z and Millennials are leaving behind dating apps. Its true. A new report finds that young singles want real, in-person, face-to-face interactions in their search for potential partners. That’s why they’re coming to Pre-Dating Speed Dating events. We introduce you to up to 12 potential matches, at an event where you spend a little time talking to each person. It’s enough time to figure out if you want to talk again. Unlike the apps, we don’t try to keep people addicted to singles events, we want you to find a great partner. The apps keep you wondering what you’re missing, always seeking the dopamine hit of finding a new person. This puts people in a state where they can’t focus one one partner and find it very hard to find a meaningful connection. So stop playing games and try meeting a few quality people to see who you click with, it makes all the difference! Enjoy the article:

WASHINGTON — Younger generations are swapping dating apps for live events as they grapple with online dating app fatigue. 

Author: Melissa Hernandez De La Cruz

new report from event management site Eventbrite found a rise in speed dating and singles events in the last year, with over 1.5 million searches for such events on the platform. 

The report, comprised of event data from a one-year period, found attendance to singles and dating events increased 42% from 2022 to 2023.

“Singles have voiced their frustrations with online dating, and we’ve heard them loud and clear: they want more in-person opportunities to connect and bond over mutual passions, be it paddle board yoga, kombucha brewing, backyard beekeeping, or freehand glassblowing,” Eventbrite’s CEO and co-founder Julia Hartz said in a statement. 

Eventbrite’s report, which surveyed about 1,000 people, found that more than 50% of daters have a hard time starting or continuing meaningful conversations online. Safety was also a top concern among daters. 

Additionally, nearly half of Gen Z participants and more than a third of Millennials noted one of the biggest challenges of online dating is finding potential partners who have shared interests. 

The shift in the dating scene comes as many young daters are experiencing “swipe fatigue” from popular dating apps, according to the report. 

Earlier this year, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Tinder, Hinge and other Match dating apps alleging that they are filled with addictive features. 

The lawsuit says Match intentionally designs its dating platforms with game-like features that “lock users into a perpetual pay-to-play loop” prioritizing profit over promises to help users find relationships. This, the suit claims, turns users into “addicts” who purchase ever-more-expensive subscriptions to access special features that promise romance and matches.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.