New Trend in Online Dating: Outsourcing

Virtual assistants do all the work for you, even set up dates
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2010 2:50 PM CDT
New Trend in Online Dating: Outsourcing
Too busy to send all those tedious "please date me" messages? Someone else will gladly do it for you.   (Shutterstock)

Are you an executive too busy to scan OkCupid profiles? Are you a shy person who wishes online dating could be even less personal? Then you, my friend, need the services of Virtual Dating Assistants, a full-scale Internet-dating outsourcing company. Like a modern-day Cyrano, Virtual Dating Assistants—or one of its competitors in the small but growing field—will handle the tedious business of sending messages to attractive people and arranging dates with them, the Washington Post reports.

For $600, Virtual Dating Assistants guarantees you two dates a month. “I get paid for each woman who writes back positively,” explains one employee. “It's very analogous to sales, like a cold-caller or a telemarketer.” And several executives swear by it. “Spending all this time doing things that are purely almost secretarial doesn't make any sense,” says one. But online dating experts find the process unsavory. “It's awful!” says one blogger. “You're lying about yourself.” (Read more online dating stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.