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On a sweltering Saturday evening not long ago, men and women in their 20s and 30s packed into a Williamsburg bar without air conditioning to match-make via PowerPoint.
Over two hours, a dozen presenters clicked through slides extolling the virtues, idiosyncrasies and dating criteria of their best friends. The event, called DateMyFriend.
Others had more of a class-project vibe, with clip art and embarrassing duckface selfies. Gabrielle Van Tassel, 25, had come to pitch her best friend Katelyn Dougherty, 31, a literary agent with Midwestern roots.
At least half the slides featured the two of them smiling and goofing Lookign. The night, it seemed, was less about finding love than celebrating the role of friends in the process.
Van Tassel said. But dating apps have left many people feeling isolated or frustrated and hungering for more real-life interaction.
This, perhaps, accounts for the fact that there are actually three different versions of the PowerPoint event: besides DateMyFriend. Ship was created collaboratively by Betches Media, frriend lifestyle company for millennial women, and Match Group, which owns Tinder and OkCupid.
About 20 percent of people on the app are currently in committed relationships, according to the company: They are there solely to provide support and feedback. It was an obvious miss. Adrienne Burfield, 25, a pre-med student at Columbia University studying neuroscience and behavior, said Ship has helped her broaden her horizons.
The two people in Ms. They enjoy Ship, in part because it gives them a vicarious taste of the single life. But it also allows them to look out for the best interests of the friend group; whomever Ms.
Rackerby said. Dougherty, the Midwestern native who was maye at Date My Friend, echoed this sentiment. In the end, she did not secure a date at Date My Friend, but she appreciated the mission.