Lovestruck? No Such Luck…

20 Apr

I admit, I was a little scared at the thought of signing up for a full membership on Lovestruck.com. Although I’d had profile on there since last year, I hadn’t bothered using it, mainly because I tend to get a bit put off by sites that charge (yup, what can I say, I’m a lil’ bit of a cheapskate) but also because after a brief look, I didn’t seen anyone who immediately jumped out at me.

The leading dating service for single professionals in London, oooh get them!

There was something I liked about Lovestruck though, I like their ‘Dating Tip Of The Day’ tweets and I love their cheeky chatty advertising campaigns all over the London underground. Because there was something about their tone of voice that I related to, I signed up to receive e-newsletters and gradually let myself be persuaded into trying out one of their low-key singles events, the Laissez Faire back in January. The event itself was fun, and really quite a genius idea, but it was ruined by the fact that the only guy I exchanged numbers with became the nearest thing I’ve ever had to a stalker – anyone remember Lovestruck Guy aka Bug a Boo?

However, when the lovely folks at Lovestruck London got in touch and offered me the chance to try out the site for a week, who was I to say no? Lovestruck works slightly differently to any other site I’ve used before. It allows you to search for people according to where they work. Perfect for those who have fallen in love (or lust) on the train, the underground, the bus or in the street on their way to or from the office. On your dating profile you have to give your nearest station and you update your profile status to say whether you’re ‘free for lunch’ or ‘free tonight’. Swanky concept eh?

Being used to the delights of PlentyOfFish.com once I logged into Lovestruck, my first thoughts were something along the lines of “Oh my god, what kind of amazing dating website is this? Guys here can actually string proper sentences together and everything”. Obviously, I’d spent way too much time trying to decipher the messages from the men on POF.

Once I got past the fact that men on Lovestruck knew how to spell, I then got stuck into the mission of finding men to wink at/send messages to.  I found a cute guy; Indian, 35, an architect, worked near me, decent sounding profile, so I winked at him. He winked back (hooray!) and then…. nothing (booo!). Dude, I make the first move and you reciprocate but can’t even make an effort to put together a message? *Sigh*.  Anyhoo, a day later I messaged him and he messaged back, I replied… aaaaaand have I heard anything since? *insert tumbleweeds*

I did receive quite a few winks and also a couple of messages from guys but typically, none of them were men I was even remotely attracted to. To be honest, I think a week was too short a time to make a fully informed opinion on Lovestruck. I definitely think the mechanic is great and in theory, it’s a new way for me to bond with guys who live or work near me. But at the end of my trial, all I was left thinking was “Dammit! What the hell is wrong with me? Can’t I even find a guy to go out for lunch with?!”. FML.

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13 Responses to “Lovestruck? No Such Luck…”

  1. Natalie April 20, 2011 at 1:44 PM #

    I’ve never heard of this site but it sounds interesting and somewhat less scary than others. Unfortunately on dating sites no matter what the concept, you will always have to deal with people who seem to think there are loads of fish in the sea. I reckon once you reach out and the respond back, let ’em make the next move. If they don’t, hit the mental flush handle. A week’s way too short. Also, as an ex central London worker, I think that the lunch concept is flawed – London peeps very territorial about their lunch breaks and commitment phobic on agreeing to much. You’re a fox anyway so you *will* meet someone, on or offline.

    • TheSingleFilez April 20, 2011 at 10:45 PM #

      Yes, they are definitely less scary. This is also the way they run their singles events,low-key and not at all cringeworthy.

      Haha, so true! These days I never know if/when I’m actually going to get to take a lunch break or even if I’ll finish work on time. Trying to arrange a date around work is pretty difficult.

      A “fox”, haha thanks Natalie. I really do hope I will meet someone, and soon 😉

      • Natalie April 30, 2011 at 9:56 PM #

        Just seen this reply. I am now working my way through my mental roladex of who I can introduce you to 😉

  2. Dating Blogger @ Nandoism April 21, 2011 at 3:51 PM #

    Thanks for giving us the scoop. The site sounds like it’s worth exploring a little more. Wonder what will happen outside your zip code. Imagine going out with someone and it stinks–then having to see them on the train every day. ugh.

  3. eyebrowsofdoom April 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM #

    I find with any site, it may be plugging in the sheer hours. I don’t know if Lovestruck has that same propensity to bump you closer to the top of searches etc when you’re online? I say use that week intensively!

    • TheSingleFilez April 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM #

      So next time I sign up to a site I will stay online as much as poss, even if matchsticks are needed. If it doesn’t work – I’ll blame you, haha! 😉

  4. Little Miss Random April 22, 2011 at 10:09 AM #

    I’m due to try out Lovestruck after the bank holidays (not much point if no one’s around, yes), and it sounds like it has both good points and bad points. Being nearby each other is a definite plus, but, if things turn out badly, well, yeah, I’d hate running into them too often!

    On another point, the lunch concept? It’s less stressful than committing to dinner and drinks, to be honest. After all, if it turns out poorly, you can pretend you need to run back to the office, rather than having to come up with a convenient excuse after-dark. There’re only so many times you can have a friend fall down the escalators at a tube station far far away from here!

    • TheSingleFilez April 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM #

      Yep, defo try it out! I didn’t have any luck, but I was only on there for a week after all. Let me know how you get on.

  5. trininista April 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM #

    Like you, I find it hard to pay for any of these sites. I did sign up for LSL but somehow never used it. I am really lazy at the online dating. lol. But good for you for giving it a go.

  6. Workshy Joe April 22, 2011 at 9:20 PM #

    Its an interesting concept for a dating site. Some genuine innnovations there.

    However, there was only ONE guy on there that you liked and he wasn’t into you?

    Just ONE?

    • TheSingleFilez April 22, 2011 at 11:19 PM #

      Yes unfortunately, just the one. Mind you, I was only on there for a week and it was a busy week work-wise, so I wasn’t able to dedicate huge amounts of time to searching.

      But like you said, definitely an interesting concept for a dating site.

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