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From Seattle Freeze to the influx of brogrammers, meeting people sometimes seems an impossible task in our fair city.
Using suggestions from staffers, readers, and thinkpieces from locals, we explore some of the reasons dating in Seattle just sucks. less From Seattle Freeze to the influx of brogrammers, meeting people sometimes seems an impossible task in our fair city.
Many of our gripes will stem from the tech culture, so buckle up.
less Tech bros Of course we've always had geeks here from Microsoft and Boeing.
more Nobody hits on anyone The passive-aggressive "Seattle Freeze" applies to dating, as well. Nobody hits on you unless they're drunk beyond belief, nor can they initiate non-awkward casual conversation. more Women are standoffish We also hear that men are disheartened when they try to talk to a Seattle woman and they automatically raise their guards. Sometimes we've been harassed too many times to give you a chance.
Nobody hits on you unless they're drunk beyond belief, nor can they initiate non-awkward casual conversation. Or women are elegantly hit on so little in these parts that they automatically assume a strange man talking to them just wants one thing and don't want to lead you on.
It seemed as though there used to be more artists, weirdos and free spirits here, if that's you're thing.
And it's not just because of people working in tech - gentrification of all kinds and increasing rent and property values make Seattle hospitable to ever fewer types of people.
less Big block of tech bros As the tech industry continues to funnel people into Seattle, it waters down the dating pool here.
more Transplants Both native and transplanted Seattleites deserve love and hookups, but sometimes we face a culture clash.
Transplants will never know what it's like to be a chronically depressed Mariners fan, and Washingtonians don't understand why some people feel the need to wear a tie to work.