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But random, serendipitous meetings at a bar or party seem increasingly rare, several singles complained, and virtually every introduction, first sight and flirtation plays out first on screen.“When you go talk to a stranger and they say no, they’ve rejected you.You know they’ve rejected you,” said Mc Kenna Walsh, a 29-year-old start-up consultant.Now, there are even more questions — and many would say rightly so — about how to hookup, whether for one night or forever.The Star asked three Toronto experts — a sex shop owner, a sexuality educator and a professor who is teaching a sociology course called Sex in the 6ix — how to traverse this burgeoning sexual revolution.When Jonathan Soma, a data-visualization professor at Columbia University’s grad school, used Census numbers to map Silicon Valley’s singles, he was astounded: There were entire ZIP codes around Palo Alto with 40 percent more single men than women.(He counseled viewers to follow the depressing results with “several cartons of ice cream” and a Netflix binge.)Women here say they feel outnumbered, overworked and underwhelmed by the tech industry’s egos and eccentricities: A koan of the local dating scene is, “The odds are good, but the goods are odd.”Men, in return, say they feel outmatched or overlooked.We are not an algorithm.”Some local singles turn to valley matchmakers such as Amy Andersen, the founder of Linx Dating, who says many clients tried the apps first but ditched them because they felt like “searching for the impossible.”Tech-industry professionals, Andersen said, are often some of the least comfortable pouring their personal desires into a dating app.
— Kate Chan, a 30-year-old digital marketer in Silicon Valley, first approached dating apps with a blend of curiosity and hope that they’d help her find a great guy.“When it comes down to it, I really have to see that person face to face, to get that intuition, that you don’t get in a digital way.”The singles of Silicon Valley, the heart of America’s technological ambition, spend much of their lives in quiet devotion to the power of the almighty algorithm, driven by belief that technology can solve the world’s most troubling ills.But when it comes to the algorithms of love, many say they are losing faith.Melissa Hobley, an executive at the dating app Ok Cupid, hears the complaints about the apps regularly and thinks they get a bad rap.Silicon Valley workers "are in the business of scalable, quick solutions and love takes time, she said.