Margarita Confessionals: Presenting Speed Dating 2.0 event

It’s Margarita Monday! Each week, we’ll be publishing a story about dating by Lauren Levine and/or Ali Washburn to go along with the latest episode of “The Margarita Confessionals,” a podcast for the jaded dater. You can find it on Soundcloud or iTunes.

Dating apps make life a lot easier, particularly if everyone in your office is 50+ or you work from home or you’re not the type of person who wants to meet someone in a bar. However, for all of the positives, it’s also easy to get so burnt out on Bumble, Tinder and their counterparts that you end up wanting to throw your phone against the wall and just accept your inevitable cat lady fate.

Because of this, The Margarita Confessionals is beyond excited to present Speed Dating 2.0. It’s happening May 16 at RuRu’s Tacos and Tequila (715 Providence Road) at 5:30 p.m. Instead of swiping until your thumbs fall off, go on 18 mini dates in a cool atmosphere, get free appetizers and enjoy drink deals. It’s a much-needed twist on the typical 2016 dating experience. Want to join us? Grab your tickets here.

Here’s why we think taking it back to this type of old school dating is necessary:

It eliminates the “we have great text chemistry but in person this sucks” situation

If you’ve used dating apps long enough, inevitably you’ve found yourself in a situation where you get SO excited to meet someone, only to find out that the amazing back and forth you had via texting just didn’t translate in real life. This is endlessly disappointing. You end up sipping your drink, praying you think of something to talk about and wondering why you stupidly let yourself believe that this would be the person who would lead you to delete Tinder forever.

When you meet in real life, you eliminate this issue.

It prevents you from messaging endlessly and never meeting.

They’re out of town this week, then you’re gone the next. Are you ever going to meet or are you going to just be pen pals who live in the same city?

It reduces the chance of an awkward miscommunication

Messaging on apps and texting is hard when you’re talking with someone you don’t know. Are they being sarcastic or are they actually just a psycho? Did they get that you were making a joke? Do you have to say “that was a joke?” or is that patronizing? When you’re talking in person, you can read someone’s body language and hear their tone. This greatly reduces a chance of unfortunate misunderstandings.

You avoid having to walk into a restaurant and be low-key about the fact that you’re looking for a person you haven’t met before

For real, isn’t that the worst part of meeting someone off of a dating app? You’re trying to scan the bar area to see if they’re there, and then there’s always that split second when you’re waving at a person you think is them but could also be someone else and it’s terrifying.

If you have permanent carpal tunnel from all of the dating app swiping you’re doing, try something new and join us for Speed Dating 2.0 on May 16 at RuRu’s. It’ll be a refreshing way to meet people. Plus, queso is basically guaranteed to make dating much less nerve-wracking.

Photo: Courtney Schramm of @cltlately.