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It’s Just Lunch, a dating service for busy professionals, surveyed 3,968 singles nationwide about how much they spend on dates. It found that 51% of men in the U.S. spend more than $100 a month on dates, and 29% spend more than $150. In bigger cities, those figures are higher. For example, 82% of men in Los Angeles spend more than $150 a month on dates.
Women, on the other hand, spend significantly less. About two-thirds of women spend less than $50 a month. Perhaps it’s a sign that the Southern gentleman is still around, but 75% of women in the South spend less than $50 a month on dates.

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MSN Money

PJ Osgood of It’s Just Lunch was in the no-chat camp until recently when she met a guy from a flight between Houston and Chicago and they decided to share a cab into the city.
“We had this great conversation and we exchanged business cards and the next day we went out to dinner,” Osgood says.
A love connection was not to be (no chemistry, she says), but he was worth meeting, and this got Osgood, a frequent traveler, thinking she’s been missing opportunities aloft.

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USA Today

Can you really meet your future mate at a Halloween party? Forty-six percent (46%) of those polled think you can, and in fact that this is a great place to meet singles. Forty-seven percent (47%), however, say they would never show up solo to a Halloween costume party – not even in disguise. Men are more likely to attend solo; 57% say it’s the best place to meet single women, while 50% of women say they would never show up solo to a Halloween costume party.

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Frequent fliers who live out of suitcases and eat alone in hotel bars complain often that their solitary, transient lifestyle makes it harder to date, let alone nurture a relationship. But experts agree that the consultant’s carpe diem approach is ideal for finding love in the air.
“There are two types of people: the ones who take advantage of every opportunity to meet somebody and others who go on automatic pilot as soon as they board,” says P.J. Osgood, a franchise owner with It’s Just Lunch, which sets up drink dates for busy professionals worldwide.

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The Globe and Mail

Oh come on – you’ve noticed those cute guys on the airplane. (Although why does it seem they never get seated next to you – and you get stuck with the grandma from Iowa City?) But when you do have the opportunity to chat up a cutie, don’t waste it! The ladies at It’s Just Lunch Chicago shared these tips with us for breaking the ice in the sky. But you don’t just have to be traveling on business, right? What’s more pleasurable than a little mile-high flirtation?

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Travel Girl Magazine

“How to tell if a guy’s a keeper. First impressions are a big deal! In a survey of 3,000 people conducted by the dating service It’s Just Lunch], 79 percent of men said they take just 15 minutes on the initial date to figure out if they’ll see you again.”

Cosmopolitan Magazine

“Many singles who run their own firms…work so much they don’t have time to find a mate — and often without someone waiting on the other side of the dinner table (or bed), there’s no incentive to shut down the computer and go home. One increasingly attractive option is outsourcing the task to matchmaking services. It’s Just Lunch- It plans everything, down to when and where you meet. What happens: Once staff members find a good match, they’ll tell you about your date, coordinate your schedules, and select a nice spot for lunch or drinks. You take it from there — continue dating that person or ask the staff for someone more outgoing, taller, etc.”

INC Magazine

“It’s prom season. Nightmare time for any young man. I know — I was one once. Unlike my brother, who had a girlfriend from kindergarten on, I never really ‘dated’ in high school. Never had a steady. I was still trying to figure out who I was, but prom season has never cared much about introspection. Come spring, you needed a date, a white dinner jacket and a corsage. And so I fell in line with the rest of the lads. For me, as for many, I suspect, prom night always was first-date night…It’s Just Lunch, a national dating service, has just come out with ‘must-know’ tips for first dates. They translate nicely to prom nights, too. Far too late for me now, of course, but I was curious to see what they were and how close I came to using them to assure my date that oh-so-perfect prom evening.”

USA Today

“According to It’s Just Lunch, 10 years ago, only 8% of the U.S. population admitted to using any kind of dating service. Now, the number has grown to 49%.”

CBS National News: Early Show

“…A dating service is trying to revolutionize the blind date. It’s Just Lunch! offers clients a chance to get acquainted over lunch. The firm does all the work, making reservations, clearing the matches with customers. All couples have to do is show up.”

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IJL Dating Facts
  • 17%: The chance of liking a date set up by a friend.

  • 11: The number of single friends the average 27 year old has.

  • Top cuisine choices for a first date: 46% Italian, 19% Steakhouse, 16% Japanese, 11% Mexican, 8% French

  • 110 Million: The number of single adults in the United States.

  • Baseball games: A great place to meet men says 74% of single women.

  • 76% of Men: Prefer brunettes over blondes.

  • 43% of Singles: Have Googled someone on the internet before their date.

  • 76% of Men: Prefer brunettes over blondes.

  • Top Conversation Killers: Past relationships—49%, dieting or body image—21%, politics—15% and marriage—15%

  • Wednesday: The best day for a first date according to 41% of singles.


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