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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Survey Shows S.F. Men Are Getting Desperate for a Valentine's Date

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 8:05 AM

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Desperate times call for desperate measures, and in San Francisco, home of the gaming nerds, that translates into money.

A new study reveals that San Francisco single men are going to great lengths to get a date this Valentine's Day, saying they would shell out more than $130 for someone to love them on this Hallmark holiday., an online dating auction website, did a quick study and found that nationally, more first date offers (369,282 to be exact) are made the four weeks leading up to Valentine's Day compared to any month of the year.

San Francisco alone accounted for 5,318 first-date offers during this four-week period; men were willing to pay an average of $131.70 for a first date, which is 62 percent higher than the site's annual average of $80.

"Offering money for a first date is rather unconventional in the dating world, but it proves that Valentine's Day is as important a holiday for singles as it is for couples," says Brandon Wade, CEO of the dating site.

But why promise to pay all that money when you could just go to Craigslist -- for free -- like these guys and gals, and find cheaper love?

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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