There was a time in the not-so-distant past when online dating was considered taboo. Dangerous, even. One of the most common reasons people warned against it was because you never knew who was actually on the other end of those private messages you were getting.
Nowadays that way of thinking seems antiquated; after all, we’ve all become web-savvy enough to navigate our way through what’s fake and what’s real when it comes to our online interactions, right?
Well, not if the creators of Personal Dating Agent do their job.
Personal Dating Agent is a new online dating service based in the UK that essentially does the online dating for you. Their dating agents get to know their clients, create online profiles for them, and pose as their clients on said online dating sites. All the client has to do is show up for the date.
According to co-founder Maxime Leufroy-Murat, the site “is targeted to both men and women who don’t have time to go online, scramble through thousands of profiles, send messages … with no guarantee of success. Or for people who just don’t know how [online dating] works.”
The site encourages people to use its services for three reasons: 1) To save time by letting someone else do the work for you; 2) To take advantage of their online dating expertise; and 3) To have a safer online dating experience. Clients can choose whether or not to disclose right up front that they are using a dating agent.
“Our concept is about doing it all for them, not with algorithms, but with people,” Leufroy-Murat said in an email interview. “We have a team of dating agents who will get to know the member, create their dating profile, sign them up to two sites, find their matches, message them, and organize a date. We become the client online, in other words. The big difference is that we guarantee dates to the member. If we don’t deliver, he gets his money back.”
According to Leufroy-Murat, the site is not a means of deception. The dating agents limit their online interactions with potential dates to 3-4 messages and focus on setting up real-life dates. “We avoid creating relationships online; we are here to facilitate a meeting,” he said.
The site launched in November of 2011. As of this month, they have had more than 80 clients and nine success stories (that they are aware of). The service is available worldwide.
Share Your Thoughts
How would you feel if you found out your date, who you thought you “met” online, was facilitated through a Personal Dating Agent? Would it make a difference if everything worked out in the end, or would you feel deceived? Do you think this is a good service for people who are too busy to use online dating sites, or do you think if they’re too busy to online date, they are too busy to date at all? Share your thoughts in the comments.