“I actually met my boyfriend through ‘Size Matters’ three years ago, and we moved to Austin together,” says Soletti.
“We all have our dating deal-breakers — whether it’s not wanting to have children or you have certain religious preferences — so this is a formula for success, because you know what you’re getting.” Hagans, who’s hit the “Size Matters,” “Beauty & the Geek” and “Childproof” nights, now swears by speed-dating parties.
“Or they would have a weird, squeaky voice, or they would smell odd.” So meeting men in the flesh — even while wearing a sack over their face — removes that potential “ew” factor.
Enter “Paper Bag Speed Dating” at the New York Hall of Science on Wednesday, where participants meet potential matches by donning the humble lunch tote.
The event, hosted by London-based dating app Loveflutter, is pushing its #Say No To Shallow campaign to showcase personality over appearance.
“You go hang out with one girl, but the whole time you’re wondering if the other hot girl in the corner is watching you,” admits Ben Roth, 25, from Midwood.
“I’m not proud of it, but it happens.” Amber Soletti, who spent four years looking for love in the city, agrees.
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Loveflutter’s relationship psychologist. “Wit is sexier than looks, and unlike looks it determines long-term compatibility.” The current crop of picture-perfect dating apps, such as Tinder and Grindr, emphasize face value.