I spend half an hour setting up the room, putting café numbers on the tables, and writing out name badges.
Then the daters arrive, in ones and twos, slowly filling the bar.
They want to see the "merchandise," but they still like the idea of choice.Just as trendiness has spawned the dating app phenomenon, it has also brought people back to practices they consider nostalgic, like dance lessons, love letters, and now, speed-dating.Woman Number 10, who is Chinese, has brought along her friend Lin.Woman Number Four sidles over to me, waving a ringing phone.“It’s a man! Maybe this stranger just has more potential, simply because he's a photograph, than, for example, Man Number Four sitting in front of her, with his almost empty pint of beer and pinkish stubble.* * *With the industry’s change in speed has come a change in depth.Using a dating app is an inherently shallow process, like shopping through a catalog of faces.