For a married woman, I think about dating a lot, enough so that my husband probably should be worried, but he isn’t, because he knows having an affair would require me to shave my legs more frequently than I’ve grown accustomed to. Still, I like to keep my finger on the pulse of the singles scene, and readers of this blog will note that I frequently write about dating in posts such as There’s an App for That, and Remind Me Not to Date Taylor Swift, and, most disturbingly, In Praise of Dating Your Dad. So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across this event, to be held in South Korea on Christmas Eve. From an article in the New Straits Times:
Tens of thousands of lovelorn South Koreans are set to take part in a “battle of the singles” on Christmas Eve — a mass dating event triggered by an innocuous query posted on Facebook last month.
The rules of “the battle” are simple.
Women must dress in red and men in white and all gather at the park, which sits on an island in the Han River that bisects the capital.The two groups will stand facing each other a few metres apart until the event starts at 3:00pm (0600 GMT) — then run towards a potential date and grab his or her hands.
The article goes on to mention that South Korea has one of the lowest fertility rates (1.2 births per 1,000 women. To put that in perspective, the U.S. rate, which is no great shakes either, is almost double that), and I’m wondering if one of the reasons why South Korean men and women can’t seem to get together is that they think that running full tilt at a member of the opposite sex in a public park is a most excellent method of choosing a life partner.
I’m also worried about the fact that the event requires men to wear white and women wear red–is that really necessary? Would we be unable to differentiate the sexes without color coding? How embarrassing would that be if you charged across the park, letting out a frenzied war whoop all the way (at least, that’s what I imagine they’ll do), and then wound up tightly gripping the hand of a member of the same sex? That’s not going to help improve that fertility rate any.
Anyway, how will you be spending your Christmas Eve?
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