In 2020, Cox Communications launched Gigablast high speed internet in the greater Louisiana area and recently wanted to highlight one of its special benefits. Since 2007, the speed dating and matchmaking company MyCheekyDate has been helping singles find love. When the two met, it was a perfect match and Smart Dating was born!
“Our entire state is now equipped with Gigablast which is 1 Gig internet. And we’ve got that in every single place and community that we serve across Louisiana. So we wanted to show it off and let people test it out,” said Cox Louisiana Public Affairs Manager David D’Aquin.
“We partnered with Cox to run an event called Smart Dating where we connected local Louisiana singles to meet each other in a comfortable and safe environment from the safety of their homes,” said MyCheekyDate Director of Global Events Amanda Ortiz.
MyCheekyDate wanted to mirror their in-person event, so individuals first enter the virtual lounge where everyone gathers together to meet each other before getting started.
Then everyone is placed on one-on-one dates where they have a chance to speak with each person for five minutes. If you feel a connection, you push the match button, and then it’s on to the next person after the time is up.
“The reason we put it together is because our whole thing at Cox is making meaningful connections with people. And we especially know now in a pandemic, it’s hard to connect with people especially if you’re quarantined in your house or if you’re social distancing, with so many things closed. We thought now more than ever it is vital that we help people connect using what we do best which is providing high speed internet,” said D’Aquin.
“I found it very comfortable. I had so many Zoom meetings and so many FaceTimes with family and friends that it kind of felt like a natural transition…might as well do it with dating,” said participant Natalie Forurnier.
“We have a great new partner in MyCheekyDate so I’m very hopeful that we’ll be able to do this in other regions for Cox across the country. I know that people really would enjoy it. It’s just so easy to meet people without even leaving your home. All you have to do it get cute and get online,” said D’Aquin.
Virtual speed dating or any virtual dating option really is a great way to meet others if you don’t want the pandemic to get in the way of your love life. And whether you end up making a romantic connection or a friendship connection, it’s still a rewarding experience to put yourself out there and meet people one on one.