I held her hand and after five minutes she asked if she could kiss me, and I accepted.Maybe my girlfriend will be able to forgive me since this was a virtual date and I was researching a story (honest! The woman (or rather, her avatar) I met was Ravit Abelman, co-founder of virtual dating site Omni Date, and she was letting me try out all the various functions."I try to get to the core of who they are," said Hoehn, a former journalist who is writing an dating self-help book due out next year. Live Dating launched this month with 0,000 in funding from the founding team, friends and family."People say, 'I'm smart, I'm outgoing.' Not only is this unoriginal and boring, but you're not physically there to back it up," said Hoehn, who is based in Queens, N. The founders -- dating coaches Hunt Ethridge, Antonia Greco and Israel Irensteing -- plan to make dating assistants virtually accessible to the masses.
Unlike other Web sites, a virtual date also requires setting up an avatar, or virtual representation of yourself, from a library of avatars.That's where online dating coaches have stepped in."The reality is that most people are doing everything wrong," said Scott Valdez, founder of Virtual Dating Assistants.But as work picked up ("I was working 60 hours a week," he said), he had less time to date online."I found a writer on Craigslist and paid him to send my messages for me," said Valdez. When I saw he was doing a good job, I'd have him handle the back and forth.