When we think of dating agencies, what usually comes to mind are sleazy foreign brides, or perhaps old and undesirable bachelors or bachelorettes that are left on the shelves.
In this day and age, it’s not surprising many of us think this way. There has been a common misconception that dating agencies are a thing of the past, especially with today’s dating apps.
Nope, it’s a modern world out here
Long gone are the days where your relationship manager (no pun intended) is a pesky auntie that persistently pushes you a catalogue of poorly taken pictures of average-looking guys, or waiting in a white-washed room to meet a new guy or girl, only to find out that he or she is yet is definitely not what you’re looking for.
Enter modern dating agencies, where an extensive interview is carried out to understand you better even even before you meet a potential match. Only after understanding your preferences will you be matched with someone who is compatible with you.
We spoke to Alex, co-founder and CEO of GaiGai, a modern dating agency under the umbrella of Paktor (yes, that Paktor) to understand more about the dating match-making services. Here are 6 reasons why we think all those stereotypes are full of shit and why we still need dating agencies in the age of dating apps.
1. Quality Matches
That’s where dating professionals come in. Nowadays, most dating agencies like GaiGai do a detailed profiling of you and your dating preferences before filtering out the people you’d actually have a meal with.
Be it matching algorithms or their years of experience in bringing people together, they can work their magic and get you closer to finding that significant other. What you get are real dates, real friendships, real relationships instead of mere swipes and online conversations that don’t amount to anything.
2. Time is of the Essence
3. Filtering out the creeps
Dating apps have made it easier to meet more people, but it has also made it even easier to bump into creeps on the internet. You never really know how someone is like until you meet them in person. So why risk putting yourself in awkward or even potentially dangerous situations by meeting up with them?
At Gai Gai, they actually verify each person’s information with Registry of Marriages to filter out the creeps. With their help in matching you with the people you like, you never have to worry about finding an escape route on an undesirable date again.
Yes, Marshall. You’re a total wingman. Barney will finally accept you over Ted.
4. Your Full-Time Wingman
We all know what wingmen are (re: that photo above) but imagine having a full time wingman who helps you find all the right guys and impress that guy you’ve had your eye on. There’s just one problem: they don’t seem to exist in real life.
But for a small fee, dating agencies are the closest you can get to one. If you have them by your side, you don’t have to worry about the small little things like what to do next, what to say next and how to leave a great impression so you get a call for a second date.
5. Dating 101
Dating is really really hard. There are so many small details that you need to get right at every stage of dating before you can even consider spending the rest of your lives together. From image consultancy, communication hacks to date ideas, dating agencies are basically your coaches. They train you up and make sure you can perform your best when you need to impress. Say goodbye to awkward conversations and panic attacks.
Please never do this.