In 30 seconds, you can tell if you ‘click’ with someone. The zero date is defined by Christina as “One drink, one hour”. Within a 30-second on-screen chitchat, online daters believe they can tell whether or not a potential match has potential. Virgin Media commissioned a survey of 1,000 singles in 2020 to examine dating dynamics during the Covid-19 pandemic. A 2010 study found that falling in love takes only a fifth of a second.
Having a zero date gives you a chance to find out how potential dates respond to you approaching them for a date. If it goes well, you can set up a date for the first time, but if it doesn’t, you’ll never see them again. You can “filter out the time wasters, fakes and mistakes” by going on zero dates. One drink, one hour is a reasonable expectation and suggests that you make your own way to and from work instead of having your date pick you up and drop you off. Wait for the person to show you who they are rather than filling in the blanks based on who you want them to be.
One drink, one hour (or whatever your time frame is) is a reasonable expectation. In the event that you do not wish to partake in a meal, avoid meeting at a time when dinner is being served.
Make your own way to and from work (drive yourself, take public transit, or take a car service, rather than having your date pick you up and drop you off). Your exit strategy should be in your hands.
The third step is to approach each conversation with curiosity and openness to the possibility that it might work out. Wait for the person to show you who they are rather than filling in the blanks based on who you want them to be.. You’ll need to be able to hold two opposing ideas simultaneously in your mind.
You never know if you’ll end up going out to dinner after your zero date. That’s the genius of zero dating – you have complete control.
by LUCY MORGAN
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