Imagine 10 years from now, you order a Bacon and Cheese Whopper, only for a monitor to tell you precisely how many grueling miles you’ll have to run to burn it off.Or someone just glances at your shoes and knows where you bought them.It is imperative that we start protecting people using both offline and online dating services, and it couldn’t come soon enough.In my opinion, matchmaking and introduction agencies provide the safest and most effective way to meet people, however, there is still a need to provide training and an overall greater level of professionalism in the industry. At the moment there are a number of organisations in existence; some have been around for years and others are new, but all are very focussed on improving the industry.The MMI trains aspiring matchmakers and drills home the need to work ethically and consider the well-being of clients at all times.Training discusses the pros and cons of background checking.As a starting point, there needs to be more dialogue between all relevant industry associations.
Texting is how we first meet, first judge each other, first ask each other out and size each other up.
The industry should be taking the view of prevention rather than cure, taking urgent steps to protect consumers before any further disasters take place. The online and offline worlds are still largely considered as separate entities under the umbrella of the “dating industry”.
But given that we are all in the business of helping people find love, whether through the powers of technology and sophisticated algorithms (online) versus highly personalised, psychology-led matchmaking services (offline), we are all responsible for protecting our consumers from any form of attack or abuse, whether it be physical, sexual, or emotional.
For someone who found initial fame on a reality show documenting her family’s complicated personal lives, Kendall Jenner is notoriously private about her dating life.
The model, who surrounds herself with people who are notoriously public with their dating lives (Gigi Hadid, her entire family, etc.), has somehow been able to keep her romantic happenings under the radar.