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DateSwitch offers its members a “fun, low pressure, no strings” dating experience in the US. It covers a range of key US cities, with locals running events so you can be sure to have a good time in unique venues.
The system is a classic speed dating model, with the website mainly used to make bookings, although there are a few additional features which allow you to connect with people you’ve met, or to join in with conversations on Facebook.
Each date lasts 5 minutes, and you are then asked to tick a box if you liked a person, the results are matched up and then you’re informed as to who liked you once the event is over.
Thankfully, the site is confident that you’ll have a great time. If you go to an event and don’t like anyone you meet (importantly, you decide not to tick any of their names) then your next event is free of charge. This is good, because the events often aren’t that cheap, and they have a few odd rules about payment.
These payment foibles were our biggest concern, so we’ll look at them now, and then get onto the positives. So, you’ve decided you’d like to attend an event? Well, you’d better hurry and book your ticket, because if you book within 7 days of the event running you’ll have to pay an extra $10. This seems a little mean, but we suppose it’s their way of trying to guarantee bookings and work out how much space they will need.
Most people will pay online, but if you prefer, you can pay by post. This, for some reason, incurs a further $10 fee. So, if you were to book an event 5 days in advance and pay by post, it’ll cost you an extra $20 in total – ouch! Well, if you’re prepared enough you can get the regular rate, which can still be a little pricy, but won’t break the bank.
So what does Date Switch have to offer over its competitors? It’s a simple system, and we were pleased to see the gallery full of happy snaps of guests to previous events. These pictures can be filtered by city and age group, which is an interesting idea.
Similarly, you can choose to attend events which are for particular age groups, and cover a number of key locations in the US. It’s certainly worth checking out which locations are covered, though, as you may not find events close to you.
Although you can link up to members via Facebook, the DateSwitch.com website doesn’t let you know who attended which event, although you will receive details of your matches after an event. This is a little bothersome because it means that you might enjoy a person’s company, but you may not know which events they’re going to in the future.
There are, however, competitions and newsletters, letting you know about what’s coming up, so if you have exchanged details and made friends, you can sort that out for yourselves.
If you really love the DateSwitch scene, you can aim to become a host. Each event is hosted by a professional member of the team, who encourages people to chat naturally, as well as controlling the allotted 5 minute dating segments. This can really help people to come out of their shells, and to get a good idea of who they are interested in, without the pressure of having to say so to their face.
Of course, this is similar to many speed dating events, although 5 minutes is slightly longer than usual (often dates last 3 minutes) so you won’t get cut off after only having told them your name.
If you’re looking for a date in the US, but you’d like to spread your wings and talk to a lot of people in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, Date Switch might be for you.
Whilst it isn’t cheap (especially if you’re a bit tardy or don’t like entering your payment details online), all signs suggest that it’s a useful way to meet like-minded single people near you.
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