But as a business owner, I try to remember customers want to work with someone they can relate to, not just buy from.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Skype, Web Ex and audio calls are convenient and create the illusion we’re actually having a meeting -- but nothing beats the power of a truly personal, face-to-face connection. In Silicon Valley and many other places, there are few private offices. I had worried it was perhaps not professional enough for business. Facial expressions often communicate so much more than words.
What can you learn from an in-person meeting that you can’t from a virtual one? Many of my clients work in cubes and can’t have private telephone conversations with me or anyone else. But the style and color were bold, “spring-y” and made me smile. We host consultant coffees and invite a handful of independent consultants to our office in order to better understand the nuances of each professional in a relaxed setting.
Is everyone moving in slow motion or is there a palpable buzz?
The environment speaks volumes and may factor into your business proposal or plan.
Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.
One factor behind the substantial growth among younger adults is their use of mobile dating apps.
Women are especially likely to enlist a friend in helping them craft the perfect profile—30% of female online daters have done this, compared with 16% of men.About one-in-five 18- to 24-year olds (22%) now report using mobile dating apps; in 2013, only 5% reported doing so.One-third of people who have used online dating have never actually gone on a date with someone they met on these sites.The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.