Monday, January 18, 2016

Do single guys in bars hate Uber?

This is the second half of a two-part blog I started the other day.  Here's Part 1: Is January the best month of the year for internet dating sites?  Read that first if you haven't already.

At the end of one of the many internet dates I observed in my bar last week, the guy paid the tab and the couple was ready to leave.  There was that bit of hesitation where neither was exactly sure what the next move was.  Or at least I thought there was, but then the girl looked at her phone and said "Oh, my Uber is here, I have to go," and just like that she was gone.

They'd clearly gotten along well enough that neither was quite ready to give up like that, but when your Uber is waiting, what choice do you have?

For guys on a first date (or even just in a bar hitting on somebody random they just met), pretty much the No. 1 game plan is to try to keep things going as long as possible.  The longer she doesn't go home, the better your chances are.  Even if she decides it's time to leave, there always used to be that stroll outside to search for a cab (and possibly share that cab), maybe smoke a cigarette, go to another bar, convince her to walk a bit, etc.  There were plenty of opportunities to extend things in any number of ways.

But now with Uber, as soon as that order is made the clock is ticking, she's going home, and there's nothing that can be done about it--definitely a major obstacle to overcome for the single-guy bar-goer.

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