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In New York, more than 1 million people are listed in census data as single and between 20 to 34 years of age (the age bracket most likely to be dating).I try not to roll my eyes at the guy sitting across from me, dressed in normal clothes amongst a sea of superheroes.I find a lengthy queue already forming outside the door. But there are a handful of women waiting there, too, most notably a svelte Sailor Mars and a chic TARDIS.Slightly bedraggled and rain-soaked, I take my place in line and pull out a book, hoping Pikachu and a swipe of red lipstick will be enough to get me into this session. I crack Star Wars jokes and paint my nails with Doctor Who stuff, but I’ve never seen Firefly.It’s early morning and I descend the escalators into the depths of the Javits Center basement to try and finagle my way into a morning speed dating session.The day before, organizers told me there was a thousands-long waiting list already, but that I should just register and show up anyway, since most of the people on the list were guys.
While it is difficult to know how many New Yorkers are keeping their search offline, a 2013 Pew Research Center study found that only 38 percent of single and searching Americans have used an online service.Attracting and retaining female professors was a losing battle; from 2006 to 2007, a third of the female junior faculty left.Some students, like Sheryl Sandberg, class of ’95, the Facebook executive and author of “Lean In,” sailed through.It's why she doesn't date online and swears she never will.
Whether or not the meet-cute turns into a relationship, "those moments, I don't want to miss out on them," said Horning, describing them as "special, exciting and unexpected."In comparison, online dating for Horning seems transactional while lacking the energy of an offline meet-cute.I’d gone speed dating only once before, at Minneapolis Comic Con, and heard epic tales of the speed dating scene at NYCC.