The Meet Group is planning to host the ‘World’s Largest Virtual Speed Date’ event this weekend.
The event will take place on Sunday, 20th September, from 8-11pm EDT, for members of MeetMe, Skout, as well as Match Group subsidiary Plenty Of Fish.
Virtual dating has become a key method of finding ‘lockdown love’. Since the declaration of the global pandemic in March, nearly one million members of The Meet Group platforms use live video every single day, and over 30,000,000 dating games have been played.
In a recent survey of MeetMe daters, 76% of respondents said they feel they are better able to connect with people over video and 84% feel that video dating can be a way to safely date in a pandemic.
Geoff Cook, CEO of The Meet Group, said in a statement: “The pandemic has forever changed the nature of dating, tilting it toward video. With 1.2 million broadcasters and 8.9 million viewers per month, our live streaming solutions are changing the nature of dating apps, adding an element of social entertainment while providing meaningful connection and an antidote to loneliness.
“We are thrilled to partner with Plenty Of Fish to host the world’s largest speed dating event.”
Plenty Of Fish’s CEO Malgosia Green added : “We’re committed to finding alternative ways for our members to date while social distancing – hosting the world’s largest speed date is just one example of our continued focus on live streaming.”
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world record for a speed dating event is 964, recorded on Valentine’s Day in Dublin in 2019. The Meet Group is anticipating that the number of attendees will be double this for the virtual event.
As well as attempting to break the world record, The Meet Group an Plenty Of Fish, are donating $10,000 each to Feeding America, to help fight some of the hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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