The whole idea behind Encounter is returning to real, face-to-face, getting-to-know-you-in-person dating. This can be broken down into three main steps:
1. Find someone to date.
Whether you live in a small town or a big city, finding a person you want to go on a date with can be challenging. Maybe your work schedule is crazy. Maybe you hate crowded bars where singles stereotypically hang out. Maybe you’re tired of swiping and creepy direct messages from strangers.
Encounter shows you potential matches in your designated area, according to your chosen age and gender preferences. It’s like being in a room full of possibilities and seeing who you lock eyes with first.
2. Set up a date.
Ah, the age old dilemma.
Why does it always seem so difficult to decide on a place to eat? Or something to do?
This is where Yelp comes in.
After you choose your date preferences, Yelp suggests possible date locations. For example, say you live in the Phoenix, AZ, area, and you want to meet your Encounter date during the day, indoors, in a relaxed atmosphere.
Based off your preferences, Yelp may suggest options like local coffee, tea and ice cream shops. You can get more information about each option by selecting it. Let’s say you’re in the mood for some ice cream…
When you select an option, Yelp will show you their hours of operation, price range, contact information, directions and reviews. Reviews will often include customer photos as well as detailed written descriptions, so you can make an educated decision on where you want to go.
3. Go on the Date
Some might say the hard part is already over. You found a date, you set up the date – all you have to do now is show up.
Yes, you’re going to meet a stranger. But rest easy, Encounter has your date information, and if it doesn’t go well, you haven’t shared any of your personal information. *It’s always safe practice to let a trusted friend know the when/where of your date, as well.
Show up, take a chance, and be yourself. Hopefully you’ll find a connection – and if not, you’ve got more matches waiting to meet you.