As it happens, although I had a lovely time with both men, I felt pretty ambivalent about seeing them again, and told Jo as such.Despite this, it still stings a bit when I hear that one of my dates agrees with my assessment.When someone says it out loud it’s surprisingly difficult to hear.Like everyone I’ve become so used to virtual interaction, and to an ill-defined dating life characterised with shades of grey, that the whole experience felt quite alien. We cushion our interactions with the opposite sex with euphemisms and half-truths, lest we hurt their feelings or they hurt ours.In many ways the experience was easier – a third party conducting things meant there were no miscommunication, and the amount of money people were sinking meant everyone was pretty committed to meeting a partner. We limit ourselves tentative text messages and emails so we never get hurt. That’s the point though – Berkley International is designed for the sort of people who have neither the time or the inclination to mess around.
“People are more discerning now – they care about wealth, family background, DNA,” she explains.
So, when I was asked if I wanted to try out Berkley International, a personal dating service for the slightly more discerning patron, it seemed like a nice change of pace.
Essentially, if Tinder is Clapham High Street; Berkeley International is Cannes.
Normally, if you go out with someone and don’t feel like there’s much chemistry, you just stop replying to their text messages.
The other party gets the message pretty quickly, and that’s the end of that.
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