One-hundred twenty-nine donors and ,222 later, plans were in motion.
Fifteen lucky women were selected to make the trip; each would go on two “curated” dates selected and planned by the Dating Ring.
As the airplane takes off that afternoon, I eat some brownie, then curl up in a ball and stare out the window in silent bliss.
The funds necessary to fly 16 girls cross-country so they can sleep four to a room is nothing compared to the sums that disappear when hotly anticipated start-ups go bust. Social connections, on the other hand, are commodified: Fist bumps are mandated, “friends” are declared, and Dating Ring members provide feedback after every date to help laser-focus the next.
There would be a cocktail party where the New York women would meet their Crowdtilt benefactors, and a rager open to all Dating Ring members of both genders.
At the last minute, Lauren agreed to add a 16th woman: me.
Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.