While dating apps have become an increasingly attractive platform to seek love and friendship, there are still plenty of singles in Singapore who prefer joining a dating agency or enlisting the help of a professional matchmaker.According to a spokesperson from the Social Development Network (SDN), there has been “continued need and demand for offline dating platforms” even as the growing variety of dating apps and online platforms provide a convenient avenue for tech-savvy and busy singles to connect.But the endless swiping of profiles and little opportunities for real-life interaction on the latter proved to be an underwhelming experience and Mr Gan opted to “go aggressive” on speed-dating events organised by local matchmaking agencies.“I was quite nervous before my first speed-dating event so I went to research what these events are like and read the book ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ to prepare myself,” he recalled.
It must be comforting to know that state cares that you are alone.The stated goal is to tap "an informal network of interested individuals to engender a pro-marriage culture and help bring singles together."Doesn't that sound romantic?!The move was based on more than a hunch, of course.Last year, the number of events organised by the 13 dating agencies accredited by SDN rose 23 per cent to 642, compared to 524 events in 2015.
Correspondingly, the event participation rate in 2016 increased by 21 per cent to 15,393 participants from a year ago.A 2010 survey of Singapore's adults showed that half the respondents felt the best way to meet a partner was through friends.