The Rise of Offline Dating and the Promise of the Singlepin

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I have many complaints about the online dating world. Problems abound, including catfishing and extreme window-shopping.

No surprise – I’m not the only one feeling frustrated by the virtual world. Singletons around the globe are finding it difficult to meet quality matches through the various sites and apps. And they’re taking action.

Let’s chow down on some summertime crunchy noodle salad and review the evidence:

*Rob, a single man in New Zealand, recently posted an “Off-Line” Dating Sign/Want-Ad in hopes of meeting a “fun, adventurous and gorgeous lady.”


*In a counter-move to online dating, a wearable Singlepin launched in the U.K. The pin identifies the wearer as a single person open to meeting and connecting with other singles.

*An increasing number of daters are supplementing online dating with offline dating or switching to meeting and pursuing their matches in real life.

Of these three examples, I’m most intrigued by Rob in New Zealand and the Singlepin. I don’t know how to find Rob (though an investigative trip to New Zealand would be wonderful). I was able to track down artist Dianne Harris, the inventor of the Singlepin, in England.

“Singlepin represents real life connection and is a reaction to online dating,” wrote Harris in an email. “(It’s) a wearable icon for people to instantly connect and recognize each other.”

“Singlepin is a very good ice breaker,” added Harris, “and (it) gives people an excuse to talk to each other – in reality!”

“Online dating has gone one step too far and there are thousands and thousands of people disillusioned by it and (they) are now finding meeting people in reality very hard,” she said.

Harris was inspired to develop the pin after hearing about the many negative experiences online daters were having. “Why should we continue to put up with being ‘catfished,’ lied to or misled?” she asked in an article in The Telegraph.

Thousands of Singlepins have been sold since the unisex sterling silver jeweled icon debuted for £15.00 last February.   A portion of the sales profits will be donated to The British Heart Foundation, said Harris.

What happened as a result of these purchases? Lots of dates are being reported, said Harris, but with only a few months since launch, it’s too soon for marriage announcements.

The pin has not launched in the U.S. but it’s available via the website:  I think we need the Singlepin in America and I plan to wear one. It’s a real-life alternative to my fantasy wearable tech device, the Attracto Band-Ring.

Would you wear a Singlepin? Let me know!

Until next week, happy dating or not dating.



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