People still frequent bars, buy each other drinks while throwing out their best pick-up lines and are set up by their friends, but then what?
When all the traditional options have been exhausted, think outside the dating box.
"The courtship culture is just much less aggressive here," acknowledges Colin Hodge, 28, CEO of Down, an app that lets users connect to date or "get down." He says that many men might find women in the Bay Area harder to approach, partly because there aren't as many of us to go around.
Kevin Lewis, an assistant professor of sociology at UC San Diego, blames the Bay Area's progressive gender norms, with men less likely to believe they need to make the first move.
The personalized service was created for business professionals and is not an online dating service.Matchmaking service the Dating Ring has even launched a crowdfunded campaign to send New York's single women to meet all of San Francisco's "eligible bachelors." At first, as women do, I internalized the problem ("the glasses are distracting"; "I'm going to the wrong places").It didn't help my ego that in January, Marie Claire pinpointed our fair city as one of the top five "great places for single girls." After attempting almost comical displays of "approachability" that have to be seen to be believed (trust me), I acknowledged the sobering truth: The courtship culture in San Francisco is not normal.There's been a lot of talk lately about how dating apps like Tinder are ruining romance.A 2015 Vanity Fair story claimed these apps are responsible for a growing hookup culture, where anonymous sex has replaced traditional romance, because they give straight young men the impression that there's a surplus of available women.About 34% more women than men graduated from American colleges in 2012, and the US Department of Education predicts this number will reach 47% by 2023.