Phone dating systems of about the same vintage, where customers call a common voice mail or phone-chat server at a common local phone number, and are connected with other (reputed) singles, and typically charged by the minute as if it were a long-distance call (often a very expensive one). A key problem of such systems was that they were hard to differentiate from a phone porn service or "phone sex" where female operators are paid to arouse male customers and have no intention of ever dating them.
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When asked what they like to talk about in their first conversation with a women, most men said hobbies or interests. Other popular topics were family and general flirtatious banter. But save religion or current events for later. Even though they’re great things to talk about once you’ve had a date or two, most men are more interested in getting to about you in a first conversation.
“This is a generation where people are glued to their phones for Candy Crush and FarmVille,” says Freeby. “If I can’t get a quick answer to my texts or call within a few hours, I’m going to assume we’re done.” And that brings up ghosting, which is having someone that you believe cares about you disappear from contact without any explanation at all. No phone call or email, not even a text. It’s not new, but it’s attracted quite a bit of attention in the advent of dating apps, which make it easy to disappear on someone without a trace. “Few things are more confusing and potentially damaging than just disappearing, especially after several dates,” according to Santiago Delboy, MBA, LCSW, a psychotherapist in Chicago. In this day and age, if you drop out of sight, your date is going to assume you’re ghosting.

Plenty of highly motivated men end up losing it all to vindictive greedy women who only a few years before treated him generously. And if the world didn't give a flip about how Paul McCartney (a virtual saint) got raped by his gold digging wife of five years who tried to take him for half a billion dollars in Beatles money then you can guarantee they aren't going to care about some upper middle class schlub who's getting the heave ho by his old lady.

Video dating systems of the 1980s and 1990s especially, where customers gave a performance on (typically VHS) video, which was viewable by other customers, usually in private, in the same facility. Some services would record and play back videos for men and women on alternate days to minimize the chance that customers would meet each other on the street.
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Speed dating consists of organized matchmaking events that have multiple single persons meet one-on-one in brief timed sessions so that singles can assess further whether to have subsequent dates. An example is meeting perhaps twenty potential partners in a bar with brief interviews between each possible couple, perhaps lasting three minutes in length, and shuffling partners. In Shanghai, one event featured eight-minute one-on-one meetings in which participants were pre-screened by age and education and career, and which costs 50 yuan ($6 USD) per participant; participants are asked not to reveal contact information during the brief meeting with the other person, but rather place names in cards for organizers to arrange subsequent dates.[82] Advantages of speed dating: efficiency; "avoids an embarrassing disaster date"; cost-effective; way to make friends.[82] Disadvantages: it can turn into a beauty contest with only a few good-looking participants getting most offers, while less attractive peers received few or no offers; critics suggest that the format prevents factors such as personality and intelligence from emerging, particularly in large groups with extra-brief meeting times.[158]
One report suggested that in southern Taiwan, "traditional rules of courtship" still apply despite the influence of popular culture; for example, men continue to take the initiative in forming relationships.[124] A poll in 2009 of students at high schools and vocational schools found that over 90% admitted that they had "no clear idea of how to approach someone of the opposite sex who interested them". What caused relationships to break up? 60% said "changes of heart" or "cheating". Dating more than one person at a time was not permissible, agreed 70%.
There are numerous ways to meet potential dates, including blind dates, classified ads, dating websites, hobbies, holidays, office romance, social networking, speed dating, and others. A Pew study in 2005 which examined Internet users in long-term relationships including marriage, found that many met by contacts at work or at school.[38] The survey found that 55% of relationship-seeking singles agreed that it was "difficult to meet people where they live."[38] Work is a common place to meet potential spouses, although there are some indications that the Internet is overtaking the workplace as an introduction venue.[40] In Britain, one in five marry a co-worker, but half of all workplace romances end within three months.[41] One drawback of office dating is that a bad date can lead to "workplace awkwardness."[42]

As for me, I think feminism, individualism, materialism and women always shopping for a more "lucrative deal" relationship wise has made most women in the first world way more difficult than they need to be. They say most couples fight about money - I would offer that in most cases it's the female who has constantly higher expectations of what "being in a couple" should provide her. There is too much emphasis on getting into a relationship as a means of simply accessing more financial resources. I really think a woman making $50K and getting with a man who makes $100K really thinks of this as her having a new "family" or "couple" income of $150K, of which she will spend the lion's share.
An earlier report suggested that online dating businesses were thriving financially, with growth in members, service offerings, membership fees and with many users renewing their accounts, although the overall share of Internet traffic using online dating services in the U.S. has declined somewhat, from 2003 (21% of all Internet users) to 2006 (10%), and that dating sites must work to convince users that they're safe places having quality members.[167] While online dating has become more accepted, it retains a slight negative stigma.[168] There is widespread evidence that online dating has increased rapidly and is becoming "mainstream" with new websites appearing regularly.[169] One study suggested that 18% of single persons had used the Internet for dating purposes.[170] Reports vary about the effectiveness of dating web sites to result in marriages or long–term relationships. Pew Research, based on a 2005 survey of 3,215 adults, estimated that three million Americans had entered into long-term relationships or marriage as a result of meeting on a dating web site.[171] While sites have touted marriage rates from 10% to 25%, sociologists and marriage researchers are highly skeptical that valid statistics underlie any such claims.[171] The Pew study (see table) suggested the Internet was becoming increasingly prominent and accepted as a way to meet people for dates, although there were cautions about deception, the risk of violence,[38] and some concerns about stigmas.[38] The report suggested most people had positive experiences with online dating websites and felt they were excellent ways to meet more people.[38] The report also said that online daters tend to have more liberal social attitudes compared to the general population.[38] In India, parents sometimes participate in websites designed to match couples.[157] Some online dating sites can organize double dates or group dates.[172] Research from Berkeley suggests there's a dropoff in interest after online daters meet face–to–face.[22] It's a lean medium not offering standard cues such as tone of voice, gestures, and facial expressions.[22] There is substantial data about online dating habits; for example, researchers believe that "the likelihood of a reply to a message sent by one online dater to another drops roughly 0.7 percent with every day that goes by".[22] Psychologist Lindsay Shaw Taylor found that even though people said they'd be willing to date someone of a different race, that people tend to choose dates similar to themselves.[22]
When you enter into a new relationship, it’s no secret you’re bringing former boyfriends along with you. But a younger guy likely is packing less. “Men can have preconceived notions about women and relationships based on past experiences,” says Samantha Daniels, a professional matchmaker and president of Samantha's Table Matchmaking. “The younger and less experienced he is, the more open he’ll be in his relationship with you.”
Your biological clock is ticking away,  meanwhile  his might not even be turned on. Women in their mid-20s to early 30s are prime for baby-making, but “younger men don’t have the ‘dad” gene in them until they get to be more established and mature,” says New York City-based matchmaker Janis Spindel. So if you want kids, it could be several years until your youthful partner is ready to face the reality of raising one.
Especially in these times, it’s not really surprising that not seeing eye-to-eye on political issues could kill the mood. Politics can also be polarizing when it comes to how much each person wants to talk about politics. “My main deal breaker for the first few dates is having a girl who talks about nothing but politics. Some is fine, but if it’s the main focus for each conversation, I usually end it,” says single guy Sterling Graham.
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I’ve been reading quite a bit lately about the behaviors of baboons and chimpanzees, and how so much of human behavior mimicked those of our predecessors and that much of what we thought were aberrant human behaviors are actually genetically programmed , much as we took noticed of imprinting on young hatchlings. Unless, children are taught the art of social interactions, in much the same way as language skills and math; how can we honestly ecpect anyone to, ‘grow up’, without possibly costly consequences to either ourselves or our offspring?
1) Becoming Attractive - one strategy adopted by some men is to become attractive, dominant, and sexually-forward. These are the guys who are often labeled "players", "macks", and "pick-up artists". With this strategy, men are often able to fulfill their short-term sexual needs—especially within the modern, socially-sanctioned climate of "hook-ups" and causal encounters. In fact, many of these men are former virgins and "nice guys" who previously could not get their physical needs addressed. Many of these tactics, however, primarily attract women who are focused on short-term flings with attractive men (see here). Therefore, the relationship needs of the men using this strategy may be less fulfilled in the long run.
Indeed, for those who’ve tried and failed to find the right man offline, internet dating can provide a great alternative. Not only does it let you be really upfront about what is you want from a relationship, a reputable dating site can connect you with single men seeking women who want similar things. This makes online dating ideal for those who desire true compatibility, right from the start.
I never thought that the cultural background of a dating prospect would make much of a difference when it came to relationships. However, since living in New York, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many different people from various backgrounds and it’s become clear that there are definite cultural norms specific to European men versus American men (especially New Yorkers).  I’m not to judge that one is better than the other, and mind you, my observations are based on my own experiences as well as a group of women I’ve interviewed in the last two years. The below is a list of some of the themes and commonalities observed. Now, when I discuss the differences between European and American, I’m referring to a mindset. You can very well be born in America but have a more “European” mindset and vice versa.
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