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We're all captivated by Valentine's Day and by the concept of Love, right? Wrong. Sometimes the Indy dating scene can seem as sprawled out as the city itself. Whether you're flying solo or not, many of you—our near and dear readers—shared your thoughts on the Indy single life over just three days this week, midday Feb. 12 through midday Feb. 15.
*** And one of you, Rachel Gutana, has won the $100 gift certificate to Ruth's Chris Steak House that was up for grabs. Congrats to her!
We'll add more findings to this page over the weekend and come Monday, including some fiendishly witty quotes from readers who relished dishing about their dating lives. Without further ado, just as you might check in on old flame, check in now on our "Single in the City" survey results here:
More on the respondents and their answers ...
78% female22% male
86% straight14% gay or lesbian
52% "strikingly single"15% in "committed" dating relationships12% married11% in "casual" relationships5% partnered in gay relationships4% engaged
Do you hope to settle down with someone in the next five years? (as shown at left)74% Yes 4% No22% Open to it but ambivalent
As to whether Indianapolis has a vibrant dating scene:(as show at left)33% Yes48% No19% "I've been too long out of the game."
As far as what constitutes a "deal breaker" ...27% Lack of intelligence30% Lack of humor1% Looks13% Lack of money/gainful employment 7% Religious views 21% Other
As to whether respondents would move to another city in hopes of finding an improved singles scene?19% Yes55% No21% That's a horrible idea.4% I left another city for Indy and found someone great.1% I left a different city for Indy and have yet to find lasting love.
As to the question of an ideal first date:52% Dinner and drinks23% Just drinks. Skip the grub.3% A movie or theater show.3% Dancing and drinks.7% Group date with friends (aka bodyguards).12% Other
If you had your choice in the matter—it takes two, right? except when it doesn't—what would you choose to be?15% Single but dating someone ... or someones3% Completely single38% Married/partnered44% In a relationship
Ever been stood up for a date in Indy?24% Yes76% No
Ever stood up a would-be date yourself?11% Yes89% No
Your go-to date-night restaurant, either one of these appearing at left or a similar eatery:(as shown at left)12% The Libertine 6% St. Elmo7% The Rathskeller26% Mama Carolla's 4% Yats12% Late Harvest Kitchen 33% Other
Would you date someone of a different race?62% Yes11% No27% Maybe
Would you date someone 10 years older than you?37% Yes27% No37% Maybe
Have you ever dated someone who you met ...(as shown at left)31% At a bar17% On social media11% At church10% At a sporting event9% At a concert6% At the gym2% At the grocery store1% At a park12% Other
What's the best area in which to meet someone while out?(as shown at left)41% Mass Ave21% Broad Ripple12% Northside (above 86th Street)9% Downtown/Wholesale District9% Fountain Square2% Eastside2% SoBro (South Broad Ripple)
How far would you travel for a date?8% Not outside of Downtown, where I work and live.65% Anywhere in the metro area, up to an hour away. 9% Out of town entirely.8% Out of state.11% International love, baby!
NOTE: These results are hardly scientific, though they are likely quite indicative of the dating methods, trends, mores, and opinions of Indy's single men and women.
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