Posts Tagged ‘Dating news’

Go Compare At The Supermarkets Of Love!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

“Where else can you go in a matter of 20 minutes, look at 200 women who are single and want to go on dates?” This was a comment made by a single man in a recent report which examined over 400 academic studies and was published this week in the Psychological Science Journal. The report looks at the benefits of being exposed to a huge dating pool of potential dates and partners and the disadvantages of being overwhelmed by choice.

Supermarket of LoveA hectic professional schedule and a busy social life can mean that there is so little time to meet new people. If you want to extend your reach beyond the my friend who works with scenario, it can be quite hard without the help of meddlesome matchmaking friends and parents. Let’s face it, it’s tough. “Online dating is good. I’m very, very glad it exists. It gives opportunities to singles who otherwise wouldn’t have them,” said Eli J. Finkel, an associate professor of social psychology at Northwestern University and the study’s lead author. Online Dating is now the second most common way of starting a relationship – second only to meeting through mutual friends.

It’s funny how far dating in the digital era has come. When online dating was a new concept back in 1995 it was seen as dominated by desperate dans and weirdos, which in turn cast a stigma over the process of meeting someone online. Now that’s all changed, an ideal solution for workaholics and busy singles alike, the report found that in one month last year 25 million people were using online dating sites to meet new people. On the flip side, the report also focused on the time consuming problem of going from profile to profile and this can “can result in the objectification of potential partners.” Surely this same thing happens when you’re scanning potential talent in a bar on a Thursday night?? It’s not online dating that encourages this attitude, it’s already there! We first decide whether or not someone looks “attractive” and then we make the decision on whether to approach them or not. Finkel and his team compared online dating to shopping at ’supermarkets of love’. Well, every little bit helps!

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Getting Personal

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Remember a while back when we posted a video of a man proposing to his girlfriend on the Overground whilst a choir serenaded her with Bill Withers’ Lovely Day? The personal touches here were what made this story such a viral success. He knew her train routine and he was a member of the choir who assisted in the mini flash mob. You guys loved it, so we’re posting another one. This time, the groom-to-be made a miniature Lego film about the story of their romance. It’s truly adorable.

Lego Proposal Walt Thompson and Nealey Dozier

The most adorable proposal ever?

The groom Walt Thompson 29, from Atlanta, Georgia is a film producer and put his skills to the test when he spent 22 hours filming and a crazy amount of time editing the short proposal film which uses 2,600 photographs to make the 3 minute proposal video. Thompson even found the very clothes (or at least their Lego counterparts) that him and his girlfriend, Nealey Dozier were wearing the day they first met. Nealey who is a freelance food writer is depicted in the film preparing food whilst Walt photographs her. When he was hard at work, his unsuspecting girlfriend had been told to stay clear of his “man cave” as he was preparing his annual anniversary poem.

When the moment came for the big screening, he led her to the DVD player and told her to hit the play button. Nealey told the Huffington Post that whilst the film was playing, “He then came to stand behind me, and within seconds I could feel the loud thumping of his heart and his quivering hands as they grabbed for mine. It was only then that I realized this was no anniversary poem.” When the words “Will You Marry Me?” appeared on the screen, he went down on one knee and held out a box containing the two Lego characters with the groom holding the engagement ring.

What’s special about this proposal and the train one is that they are both deeply personal to the life of the couple. As a film producer, he turned to his craft to tell the story and get his message across. His references throughout the film tell the story of the couple’s connection. We had a recent proposal at ClickTonight HQ and I’ve been wanting to write about it for ages. Our digital marketer decided that after 3 years with his lovely girlfriend, it was time he did something about it. He planned to propose in a very simple way and by just asking the question, no frills. The night before the proposal the idea struck him that he would create a graphic on his laptop and hook it up to the TV so that when it was turned on it would display a graphic with the words “Will You Marry Me?” As soon as he’d seen she’d read it, he walked into the room with flowers and of course, the ring. Both our digital marketer and his girlfriend work in digital design and this was the perfect way to pop the question. It also helped him take some of the edge off! I would like to take this opportunity to wish him and his new fiance congratulations. We swooned when he recounted the story on a Monday morning.

The lessons to be drawn here, whether you are thinking of proposals or just starting to date is that whatever you decide to do for a special date or a romantic gesture, make it personal as that’s when it really counts. Think about what makes up the life of that person, their interests and your connection with them.

And…as always if you’re looking for somewhere special to go, we have the lowdown on the best bars, clubs and restaurants for romancing. Check out our Places Page where our members submit reviews and photos of the best locations around.

New Dating Trend or Typical Fare?

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Do you remember a few years ago when the Beckham’s stepped out on the red carpet in those matching silver outfits? You might have erased it from your memory due to the cringe factor of the idea of a same-styled couple! They’ve continued to pave the way for his & hers and it’s a trend that’s only just catching on in other parts of the world or maybe this is just what couples do?! I can’t be sure. I’ve witnessed friends morph into their respective partners and though it might start with a matching cable knit jumper, it’s a slippery slope.

The Beckhams and their matching outfitsbritney-spears-justin-timberlake-denim-matching-outfits-celebrity-couple

This trend is being taken to extremes in China with couples boasting matching t-shirts and Photographer Gillian Bolsover has captured the spirit of this intriguing quirk in a series of photos. When asked why they are playing matchy-matchy, they told her that it was their way of showing they loved each other. One devoted boyfriend told Bolsover that when it comes to getting dressed his girlfriend is calling the shots, “I listen to her, she’s my queen.” Another couple gushed that when they had children, their children will also be coordinated with mum and dad’s apparel.

I guess this is a way they demonstrate their identity as a couple. Presenting themselves as a united front – his & hers towels don’t quite have the same effect – these partnerships are not just displaying ownership but also they now want to be considered as one and the same. Surely when in a relationship it’s important to remain as your own separate entity. It’s you as an individual that the other person appreciates. Otherwise you would drive yourself (and anyone who knows you) insane!

Here’s some of the best…
Photographer Gillian Bolsover captures matching couples

Li Yang (left) and Zhou Wanting (right)

Photographer Gillian Bolsover captures matching couples
Students Ai Xi and Chen Zhen

Photographer Gillian Bolsover captures matching couples
Eric Zhang (left) and Yao Kaiyan (right)

Pssssssst! Word on the street is there’s a Click Party coming up…

We Love A Tryer

Monday, November 7th, 2011

It’s dark when you wake up and dark when you go home. The thing about the cold season is that every year without fail it turns into mating season. It must be because it’s cold and therefore there’s nothing else to do? I’m not sure but everyone seems to couple up this time of year. You couldn’t escape it even if you tried. Count how many times you’ll be subjected to Love Actually et al in the run up to Christmas and you’ll notice an increase in the releasing of soppy love songs in the hope to get to Christmas no.1 (well not if Simon Cowell has anything to do with it!).

I was reading the Evening Standard last week and was almost moved to tears. Not because of the ever miserable reporting on the state of the global economy, various stabbings, youth unemployment etc etc, but because of a story about a fellow commuter’s unusual marriage proposal. I’m not sure if it was the try hard attitude of the groom (he had been rehearsing it since April), his mission for uniqueness (a surprise serenading flash mob), his excellent organization (he only had a 3 minute window to execute his complicated plan) or his sheer determination to pull the whole thing off (he was forced to disconnect the car battery that morning to ensure his girlfriend was on the right train).

It could have been the combination of all of these things that I found more moving than 10 re-runs of the most romantic movie or any JLS ballad. Watch the video below and let me know if you don’t find this desperately romantic!

Don’t be left out in the cold during the holiday season. Warm up with a date tonight!

We Love Reverse Endorsement

Friday, August 19th, 2011

One of the most amusing news stories to come out this week amidst the riots havoc and the world economy going to hell, has been Abercrombie & Fitch offering Jersey Shore’s Michael“The Situation” Sorrentino cash in exchange to NOT wear their brand. Amazing.

Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino

Not your trad Abercrombie boy...

Apparently the ab-obsessed neanderthal from MTV’s reality show was seen to be “cheapening” the clean-cut preppy image of Abercrombie & Fitch. I wonder if luxury fashion brands Marni and Louboutin would feel the same about their fame hungry WAG patrons?? Anyway, the idea that The Situation has been approached to not wear certain clothes is brilliant. Imagine if this could be applied to all crap celebrities. Big Brother rejects, X Factor fall-outs and scripted reality show losers would be banished from looking good and banned from dressing too well for their own good.

Imagine if the people you date were also not permitted to look good whilst committing foul play. You could even write to the brands and explain why a particular person is damaging their image in the marketplace.

Dear Mr. Dolce & Mr. Gabbana,

I went on a date with a boy who looked amazing in your classic blazer but turned out to be an absolute ratbag with poor etiquette. I don’t think he epitomises the D&G customer and is doing significant damage to your brand in his representation of it.

Thank you.

I mean, it’s false advertising surely? To look amazing and behave so badly… We should all band together and wholeheartedly support “reverse endorsement”. The old saying “never judge a book by its cover” has never rung so true. It’s always a plus when someone looks great in what they wear but if they prove truly awful to date, you would have rather they has shown up [insert ridiculous outfit here] and you could have cut your losses there and then. Poor Sitch shall have to find another label to embarrass and ruin!

The weekend is here and the sun is shining. No excuses for staying in, make some plans for tonight now!

A Doctor’s Wife Doesn’t Wear Lace Shorts

Friday, June 17th, 2011
Lace Shorts The Kooples

The Original Offenders

The war between the sexes is an ongoing battle. I don’t think we’ll ever completely call a truce. But one brawl I thought had been left behind in the 90’s is the fight over style and what we wear. Apparently not.

A colleague had just treated herself to a stunning pair of on trend lace shorts. Amidst compliments and gasping ooo’s and ahhh’s from her friends, she revelled in the appreciation of her latest purchase. When she went home and showed her fiance he looked at her and after a pensive pause he said, “Doctors’ wives don’t wear lace shorts.” Full stop thank you very much.

Had he seen her wearing those lace shorts in a club before they were dating, upon spying her long perfectly toned and tanned pins, they would have been the object that would have attracted the moth to the flame. Now that my colleague and her beau are graduating to the next stage of their relationship – marriage – the supposedly provocative shorts are deemed inappropriate. What would the other doctors say…

We also have to look at the other side of the coin here. Perhaps, it’s not the short shorts that were the offending article but the fact that they were made of lace. Please correct me if I’m wrong men, but I believe this fabric, especially on the nether regions, is typically associated with underwear. The shorts are also black. Black lace. Our doctor could be forgiven here for making the association between his bride-to-be in her lace underwear that’s for his eyes only and her in her little lace shorts in public.

What this seems to mark for my colleague is a change in attitude and expectation. When you make that transition from love/girlfriend to wife/mother, you’re expected to live up to the seriousness and responsibility of that role. And you’d better dress the part! Twin-set and pearls anyone?

The weekend is here, why are you hanging about? Our members are ready to make plans tonight.

Away With Ye Olde Traditions

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Ah the digital age 2.0. We have learnt to love it, quite literally. Not only the medium that now means we can connect with more people than ever (forget the six degrees of separation), but it’s now replacing the most traditional means of announcement – the wedding invitation.

It seems couples are doing away with picking out different paper/card textures and fonts (sigh) and are turning to website videos. Yes, video “Save the Date’s” are, according to Gawker, fast becoming the “hippest” way to invite people and announce your wedding. In a charming video, Tim and Jane eat their wedding cake in a rewind style video where the video ends with the cake reinstated before the happy couple. This homemade and creative touch to wedding invites is also a growing trend because of its cost efficiency.

Couples can set up a domain cheaply and send the link virally to their friends and family. Admittedly this is probably not the best approach if like me, you have relatives who can’t even work the Sky remote, let alone open an email. But, for young couples this is something I can definitely get on board with. Why not? We all wanted to star in our movie at some point.

Here’s some of our favourites:

press play… from tim and jane on Vimeo.

And here’s our very own Save the Date – Our 4th birthday is coming up very soon. Make sure you don’t miss out! For the gossip, go here.

The Most Romantic Couples Of Our Youth

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

When we were younger we always enjoyed the ups, downs and general relationship dramas of our favourite couples (fictional and real). When Ross said “I take thee Rachel” at his wedding in front of his bride Emily, it became one of the fans’ favourite ever Friends moments. We’ve watched them break up, make up and then break up again and as they’ve confronted relationship issues, we’ve inevitably taken our cues from them. These are our favourite  romances of our youth.

Zack & Kelly

Zack & Kelly - Saved by the Bell
Forget Romeo & Juliet, Zack and Kelly from Saved by The Bell were easily the most romantic teen couple. Zack – tall, blonde handsome, always the class clown and most popular teamed with the beautiful cheerleader (who everyone wanted to be with, sigh) Kelly Kapowski were always a match made in heaven. Zack plotted ways to make her his and then we watched the romance unfold. They broke up, dated their fellow classmates and then finally got back together in a wedding finale.

Cory & Topanga

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How can anyone forget Boy Meets World? And more importantly, the childhood sweetheart style romance of Cory & Topanga. All the troubles of a young adolescent man, dreaming days away in Mr Feeny’s classroom and his boyhood obsession with love Topanga. Once voted the best thing about the 90’s (not joking), their relationship pulled you in to the drama and had you feeling like you really knew them both.

Kate Moss & Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp & Kate Moss

It was just the most ridiculous pairing of seriously goodlooking individuals. What more could you have possibly wanted – a famous supermodel with the world’s most desirable male! Though they split with Depp citing that Moss was too good for him, they still remain good friends.

Ross & Rachel

Ross & Rachel Friends

Undeniably the best fictional TV romance…EVER! He fancied her from afar and took ages to build up the confidence to ask her out. Then she was with somone and by the time she realised her feelings for Ross and his heavily gelled hair were romantic, he was with someone! Finally dating, they then break up over a controversial hook up with the girl from the photocopy shop (“WE WERE ON A BREAK!). Enter turmoil and years of “will they? won’ t they?” dramas. We loved every minute of it and will never tire of the E4 re-runs!

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Chances of Action If You Listen To Coldplay

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

So when the Kings of Leon first screamed out “woooooaahhhh your sex is on fire” and music fans worldwide fell in love with them and their erotically charged lyrics they were not only enjoying music but unknowingly undermining their sexual prowess. If you ever held a flame for Metallica however, you are obviously one sexy mother***** How??!

caleb-followill-and-lily-aldridge

Sex on fire = no sex?!

Also, bizarrely if you listen Kanye West’s dribble you can also be considered something of a don. Now don’t think that by listening to “Golddigga” or “Enter Sandman” you’re suddenly going to become Casanova. The actual statistics measured by a site that looks at how people date and how they listen to music has found an unnatural correllation between certain artists and the success of daters sleeping with their date on the first night.

I’ve thought about it and I just simply cannot understand it.  Other artists connected with this fallacy are Lady Gaga and Adele. Ever been a Coldplay fan? You’re almost certainly the worst off. I think where the evaluators of this survey have gone wrong is that by claiming that your music selection affects your success, they’ve overlooked the possibility that by listening to Coldplay or Adele (definitely more soulful and lyrically dense) you’re the type of person who looks for more than a one night stand.

Musicians exploring deep emotional connections and something a little different to the tune of “My psychic told me she gonna have a ass like Serena, Trina”…, are more likely to reach out to a person with different motives behind dating. Not judging, just putting it out there. And if you have any sorts of doubts here, have a look at the Kings of Leon frontman’s girlfriend.

Celebrity Dating: New Sparks, Shortlived Flames?

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The dating world has seen a very recent surge in new celebrity relationships. If you’re sick to death of “Brangelina”, “Bennifer”, “TomKat” and Katie Price/Peter Andre love fiascos, be prepared for some fresh love in the lives of our favourite celebrities. Finally! Though showbiz relationships are as shortlived psychic octopuses, we still can’t help but revel in the guilty pleasure of catching up with who’s doing who.

Tiger Woods & Alyse Johnston

It didn’t take Tiger Woods long to find romance after his affair disgrace and costly divorce from ex wife Elin Nordegren (who has already splashed out her pay out on a £7.5m home in Florida). He is reported to be dating 22 year old Alyse Lahti Johnston, the step daughter of Rangers chairman Allan Johnston. A student at Northwood university, Ohio, Ms Johnston was spotted on Tiger’s yacht and has been spending a lot of time in the couple of weeks with the golf star.

Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez

Meanwhile, the hearts of millions of twelve year girls (and other general saddos) were broken at the news that Justin Bieber has sparked up a romance with Disney actress, Selena Gomez. After denying the rumour on the Ellen de Generes show in September, the two came out in the open at the Vanity Fair post Oscar’s Party.

Dan Foden on Take Me Out

Further afield from Hollywood glamour, more specifically Surrey (not that Surrey isn’t glamourous??), Kerry Katona has robbed some poor woman of her date on Take Me Out. Appearing only hours before on the popular dating show, it emerged that contestant Dan Foden was dating the fame loving reality celeb.  For those who thought there might have been something between Liverpudlian Nicola and Dan will be very disappointed indeed.

Megan Levant & Charlie Sheen

Bi winning Lothario, Charlie Sheen has recruited a new goddess for his Silver Valley Lodge harem of porn stars. Step to the plate Megan Levant, 26. She will be joining Sheen’s ever growing “family” which already includes Natalie Kenly, 24, and Rachel Oberlin, also 24. An apparent lover of porn and frequenter of the Playboy Mansion, I’m sure she will feel right at home.