Who needs Netflix! Fashion influencer gets her friends to set her up on digital blind dates that she then livestreams on Instagram – before letting her 225K followers decide what happens next
- Urszula Makowska, 25, from Brooklyn, New York, has her friends swipe through potential matches on Hinge and then set up digital dates for her
- Once the dates have been arranged, Urszula uses Instagram Live to meet her matches for the first time, all while her 225,000 followers watch on
- She is told no information about her suitors before the date begins
- Urszula lets her followers decide whether or not she should go on a second date
- Her friend, Karolina Kolowska, is a relationship expert and she watches the date to analyze how much chemistry Urszula has with her matches
A social media influencer in lockdown is letting her followers decide her romantic fate by going on virtual blind dates and streaming them on Instagram Live while she is self-isolating.
Urszula Makowska from Brooklyn, New York, started the ‘social experiment’ while in quarantine, asking friends to swipe for matches on her behalf through the dating app Hinge. Once a match has been made, they set up a virtual date for the couple that will then be watched by her 225,000 followers.
The 25-year-old blogger and actress knows nothing about her future beau – not his name, interests, age or what he looks like – until the date begins.
Looking for love: Fashion blogger Urszula Makowska is letting her friends set up up on digital blind dates that she then livestreams for her followers
Romantic: The 25-year-old, who lives in Brooklyn, says she is the only single person in her friendship group, and wanted to use her time in quarantine to look for her perfect match
Shhhh: Urszula is told nothing about her dates before she meets them for the first time on Instagram Live – while her 225,000 followers watch on
She said: ‘Most of us are quarantined in and swiping on our dating apps.
‘Being the only single one out of my squad, my girls and I decided to create a fun social dating experiment using my Hinge account.
‘The experiment starts off with my friends swiping on my account to match me with who they think might be the one for me and setting us both up with permission to meet for a first date on my Instagram Live.’
They have one hour to get to know each other and then her followers vote for whether the pair should go on a second date or not.
She said: ‘I don’t know my date’s name, what he looks like or really anything about him until our first date in front of a live audience on my Instagram.
‘There are twists during the live and ultimately the audience decides if there will be a second date.
‘This is not only entertaining but a great way for me to meet someone that may end up being my partner, learn more about myself, help others learn more about themselves and also promote the importance of staying home at this time due to the circumstances.’
The blind dates are streamed live every Sunday at 7.30pm EST and Urszula said it has been a positive experience so far.
She also invites relationship experts to come onto the stream and analyze the date, including her friend Karolina Kolowska who determines the couple’s ‘psychological compatibility’ and ‘common interests and differences’.
Karolina Kolowska, one of Urszula’s friends, told The Mirror: ‘As a dating coach, I look at the psychological compatibility – if the person is extroverted or introverted, seems to be loud or quiet, emotionally available, mentally healthy and focused, outdoorsy or a homebody type.
‘I look at their common interests and differences. I check their professional and evaluate their social media profiles to determine whether their life’s mission would be considered interesting/attractive by Urszula.’
This is not the first time that Urszula has candidly opened up about her love life.
Time crunch: The influencer gives each date one hour of her time, and then allows her followers to vote on whether they think the guy is worth a second date
Mysterious: ‘I don’t know my date’s name, what he looks like or really anything about him until our first date in front of a live audience on my Instagram,’ Urszula said
Tune in! The blind dates are streamed live every Sunday at 7.30pm EST and Urszula said it has been a positive experience so far
Last year, she revealed that she had been catfished by a Tinder match who convinced her to fly to Missouri to meet him – only for her to find out that he had been lying about who he really was.
The fashion blogger had fallen for ‘Lucas’ after matching with him on Tinder in November 2015 and sent him intimate photographs after chatting for a month.
She told how he regularly sent her photos and videos of himself on Snapchat and was also active on Instagram, and after four months of chatting online, Urszula decided to book a ticket to visit him in St. Louis, Missouri, to finally meet in person.
But two days before her trip, Lucas revealed he wasn’t who he said he was and had been catfishing her and hundreds of other women as part of a ‘social experiment’.
Afterwards Urszula struggled to trust men and was terrified of dating again. She told DailyMail.com: ‘I was hurt, a big mess, and felt like I lost a big part of me.
‘I wanted to focus on myself for a while and avoided being in any relationships with men.’
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