The ThursDater: The Pitfalls of Modern Dating

You’re well-aware of the traditional ways to avoid a dating faux pas: Ask questions about them. Don’t order lobsters. Don’t sleep together five minutes after meeting. Seems easy enough. Is that why you’re triumphing all these dates, and yet are somehow still single? Nope. Something else is amiss. This may sound crazy, but it’s true: tiny robots are interfering with potentially significant moments in your romantic life. You have so many options for connecting to someone, it’s actually become more difficult to connect with someone. Allow Hinge to help you navigate these modern dating pitfalls.
Generally, it’s perfectly normal to do a little Googling and Facebook investigating before a date; you need to get an idea of their background and confirm they aren’t a serial killer. But this is one of the most slippery slopes known to man. You know how it goes: you’re casually browsing pictures of them, seeing where they went to college, and then before you know it? You’re perusing a photo album of their parents’ second honeymoon and scrolling through their sister’s bridal registry.
If you find yourself here, you’re in dangerous territory– there is a very good chance you may accidentally reveal information on your date that you absolutely, 100% should not know. There is a word we’ve conceived for this: stalkward. Do. not.

If that’s not bad enough, what about the follow-up after the date? If it goes well, you’ll probably start texting. Texting is not ideal for personal interaction, but it’s the accepted way to stay in touch. But let’s say you indulge in a few too many drinks some evening, and feel like saying hi– what’s to stop your innocent texting from morphing into just an enormous blurb of weird Emojis? Or sending a bunch of 3-second Snapchats of yourself trying to eat a piece of pizza in one bite? (Note: this could be cool, or a huge mistake. Major toss-up.) Either way, when it gets down to it, it’s just another distraction keeping you from getting to really know the person.

So stop secretly admiring the picture of the goat cheese omelette they had for breakfast on Instagram, and respond right away to your Hinge match emails to plan something. Stop being stalkward, and go out together.
Go out and have a beer. Go out and eat DC’s greatest gourmet cheeseburger (it’s Palena, if you’re curious). Go out ANYWHERE and have a conversation. You never know what you could end up bonding over. Maybe it’s yellow labs. Or your shared dislike of Lena Dunham’s excessive nudity.

In any case, we think you and your match should go from your phones to your first date as easily and quickly as possible. It’s time to connect with someone.

The ThursDater: Awkward.

Here at Hinge, we’ve recently come up with an important theory. There seems to be a new fear arising among some young adults, alongside really scary things like death and spiders, that is actually far less threatening: awkwardness.

This fear of awkwardness is becoming a major concern, and the people who suffer seem to be downright plagued by it. MTV named one of their garbage TV shows after it. Tweens, teens and even some early-stage adults blog about it constantly. But realistically, it’s the term most misused to describe moments better categorized as “unexpected,” “drunk,” or “I’m so addicted to texting that face-to-face conversations are weird now.” But we’ll get to that later.

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Our surveys report that a majority of you are dominating your Hinge experience. You’re responding to your match emails, going on great dates, and straight killin’ it. And for those of you haven’t gotten matches yet, we’re tweaking our algorithms to ensure you’re getting matched faster and more often. So don’t worry your pretty little heads– you’ll be killin’ it in no time too. But this particular ThursDater is meant to offer helpful insight (as well as entertainment) to the silent minority of Hinge users– those who are on the shy side, or just claim their match emails are “awkward.”

 Listen up, people: the fact that you “liked” your sorority, Game of Thrones, or Odwalla on Facebook is not awkward; it’s just social media. No shame! We’re all part of the Facebook nation together. Plus, that juice is crazy delicious, and excuse me, Winter is coming. These are important matters.

Now, why don’t we talk about some things that are, in fact, actually awkward?

-When you’re walking down the sidewalk and you acknowledge the person coming the opposite way too early in the walk-by. So both of you start rummaging in your purse/pockets, pretending to text, or looking straight into the sun to willingly burning your corneas out– just to occupy that silent passing time.

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-When your roommate and their significant other think you’re sleeping, but you can hear EV. RY. THING. And you can’t unhear things. You just can’t.

-When you’re trying too hard to be funny and respond to someone’s question with, “no… but your mom does.” And then you find out the person’s mom died a few months ago, and you wish for a tornado to come sweep you away.

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-Buying condoms and running into literally anyone you know.

-THIS:

-When you’re riding a packed bus with your overnight bag in tow and the bus turns so suddenly that a pair of your underpants catapults out of your bag, onto the the bus floor for everyone to see. And then you lunge for the underpants, miss and claw the air a couple of times, and then finally grab them and stuff them back into your bag. I think we can all agree that would HYPOTHETICALLY be so awkward we’d never take that particular route 29 bus again.

Now that we’ve established the real meaning of awkward, we think it’s pretty clear that responding to your match emails is definitely not awkward. In fact, it’s awesome. Making the first move might seem intimidating, but we’d like to remind you that matches mean you’re BOTH interested in each other! So be bold. Say hi. Exchange numbers. Go out together and talk about those “weird” Facebook likes. Who knows? You might share a strong penchant for Chipotle, but you won’t know until you get things started.

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Furthermore, it should be noted that while technology and gadgets are awesome (trust us, we love them too), we are humans; apps and the internet can’t actually date people for us. But there’s one app that can (and will) do a bunch of wonderful things to enhance your human dating life: Hinge. We’ll eliminate that intimidating part in the beginning. We’ll help you easily find awesome dates who already know your friends. We’ll even throw some raging parties where you can plan to meet up with them!

Hinge is a return to real dating, with real connections. And all you have to do is ‘Reply All’ to your match emails to get this realness started. Now go out there and live a little. We know you’ve got it in ya.

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Love,
Hinge

Hingesights: Guys vs. Girls!

Let the battle of the sexes begin! Our nerds have been at it again, and it turns out guys and girls do not play Hinge the same way. Ladder theorists and evolutionary biologists step aside – Hinge is here to shed a little light on the great mysteries of courtship.


Who makes the cut?
It’s common knowledge that girls are pickier than guys. If you want proof, we suggest taking a girl and a guy to a restaurant, and see which one asks to completely restructure their salad. The big question is, how much pickier is the fairer sex? All in all, girls favorite only 16% of their daily potential matches. Remember, ladies– you don’t have to hoard your favorites. They’re unlimited. It doesn’t mean the guy is your soulmate, just that you’d be open to starting a conversation.

On the other side, guys favorite a solid 34% of their daily potentials. Chivalry, perhaps? Equal opportunity daters? Maybe it’s video game tendencies, and their thumbs just instinctively favorite girls because of the relative location of the buttons on an X-Box controller.

Whatever the reason, our data confirms that girls are pretty darn choosy with their potential dates, and guys are a bit more “open-minded.” Or whatever word you’d like to use there.


The Clooney Effect
Another trend we noticed is that as age increases, the likelihood of favoriting potentials slightly increases for women, but actually decreases for men. Are men just losing their motivation, or are they suddenly slammed with dating options as they enter their Clooney years? Either way, we’re certainly glad to see women pursuing a solid dating life, regardless of age. Get it, girls.

Our closing takeaways? Both sides need to keep saving favorites! It’s good for you, regardless of where you are on the ladder of life. And ladies of Hinge: live a little! You never know– your next spontaneous favorite could be your next great date.

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The Hinge team is thrilled to announce the start of a very special relationship. Here’s to new beginnings!

Sexy-Tables

Washington, DC – April 1, 2013 – Event seating is about to get sexy. Earlier today, representatives for local startups Hinge and Social Tables announced a surprising company merger. Although not finalized, it is reported that the new company will be called “Sexy Tables” and will officially launch by mid-June of this year.

Dan Berger, current CEO of Social Tables, has always been excessively forthcoming about how the idea for Social Tables came to him while trying to get tail at a wedding. Recently, at a hastily organized press conference outside one of DC’s most favored date spots, Rumors, Berger was heard shouting, “Imagine the possibilities! I can now help event professionals organize, and get laid in the process!”

The new product will reportedly combine Hinge’s unique style of friend-of-friend dating with event seating software, to strategically seat compatible, single guests next to each other. “Sexy Tables is going to help sexy people get laid at any event,” summarized Berger. “It’s that simple.”

The future CEO of Sexy Tables will be determined via a one-on-one musical chair competition between current Social Tables and Hinge CEOs, Dan Berger and Justin McLeod. “We considered an arm wrestling match,” said McLeod, “but agreed something involving seating seemed more apropo.”

Sexy Tables has secured 100k in seed funding from The Barry White foundation, as well as 50k from Purple Rain Ventures and private investor, Charlie Sheen. The projected new product plans and brand designs have been released and are featured below, but for full details on the planned merger, please contact press representatives for both companies.

Media Contact:

Patty O’Furniture
pattyofurniture@socialtables.com

Nick Oftime
nickoftime@hinge.co