Gamify online dating?
Yes. Gamification is defined as applying game mechanics and game design principles (such as winning points, and leveling up) to non-game tasks & activities. Here at Personal Dating Assistants, our approach to getting guys success with online dating is relatively quantifiable and repeatable…which makes it a great activity to gamify. So how to get started?
The first step to gamify your online dating efforts is to define your win conditions. While your true end game might be to get a girlfriend, wife or life partner, you need to establish pre-victory milestones, to track your progress. These could include;
1. send x number of introductions
2. receive x number of responses
3. get x number of phone numbers
4. go on x number of dates.
Each one of these consecutive milestone progressions is essentially a “level up” from the previous. Each one you define should lead to your defined win condition. ie; an awesome girlfriend. So make sure the milestones you establish support your win conditions.
The next step to online dating gamification is to identify reward systems. An example is if you commit to sending out x number of introduction messages per day, you will treat yourself to your favorite indulgent activity, such as a single malt old fashioned, or another episode of Mad Med. Here at PDA, team members get bonus compensation for winning phone numbers for our members.
With proper short term incentive, you can win phone numbers online more consistently, and convert x number of those phone numbers into dates, which in turn, offer the long term incentive of converting to a more rewarding sex life, or long term relationship.
It’s important to note that in playing online dating as a numbers game, the difficulty level you choose (ie. more beautiful women), will significantly effect your success rate. If your goal is to get the most desired top 10% of women on the dating sites, you’re going to need top game to match. Not to mention a fully optimized dating profile & dating pictures. The preparation you make up front has just as much to do with your ultimate success or failure, as does your level of effort.
For most guys, online dating is a chore. But applying these gamification principles can make online dating more fun. If you lack the experience, time, or interest in mastering it yourself, it might make sense to simply outsource this area of your life to a professional online dating expert, who can take care of the hard work for you.
An attraction technologist at heart, he travels the world in search of beautiful women, new ways to help men with their online dating, and the perfect single malt whiskey.
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