Time-strapped men: Outsource your online dating for only $480 a month

These days, you can pay people to do pretty much anything — buy your groceries, shop for your loved ones, pay your bills, what have you. Now you can even hire someone to look for love on your behalf, if you happen to be a man with $480 to burn a month.

VirtualDatingAssistants.com claims to be the first online service that uses “advanced internet dating techniques and strategies” to make perfect matches for its time-crunched clients.

With affluent men spending more hours in the office than ever before — and outsourcing all the rage — it seems only natural that outside help be recruited to handle social affairs. Maybe the company should consider certifying the profiles it creates, tipping women off to prospective dates who shelled out for the premium dating experience — it would certainly bode well for dinner.

Men who sign up with the company receive 40 hours of work and are guaranteed at least two dates a month or they get a full refund. VirtualDatingAssistants agents set up their online profiles on sites like Match.com and PlentyofFish.com. They then manage messages and correspond with potential dates. Implicit in the service is that the field will be winnowed down to only high-quality candidates. Not only will your virtual dating assistant make sure you meet attractive women online, he or she will work to actually make you more attractive to others by tweaking and enhancing various features as time goes on. As the client, you put in no effort until it comes to setting up a first date, at which point you will get a “pre-date executive briefing” on the woman you’re meeting.

The idea for the company came about when its founder, Mark Anderson, then a pharmaceutical sales executive, decided he was spending far too much of his free time sprucing up his online profiles, lining up dates and corresponding with countless women he never actually met. Eventually, he developed a somewhat more scientific system that he applied to successfully win 79 first dates in one year — including one that actually ended in marriage. This is the model the company’s virtual assistants now use to woo for you.

Based in Miami, Fla., VirtualDatingAssistants.com offers a range of other related services, including image consulting and social coaching services. Why the company tailors its services only to men is unclear — but with so many female executives rising through the ranks — enjoying less and less time to meet others and date — it should consider changing its focus sooner than later. The site doesn’t give off a same-sex-friendly vibe either, for that matter (emphasizing the opportunity to meet “gorgeous women” only), which in this day and age is simply short-sighted.

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