Silverburn offers itself as the perfect date destination

Silverburn has introduced a new meeting point to encourage Glaswegian singletons to take their dating offline. Photo: Colin Templeton.
Silverburn has introduced a new meeting point to encourage Glaswegian singletons to take their dating offline. Photo: Colin Templeton.

Glasgow’s singletons have spoken! According to new research more than half of the city’s single population (58%) have confessed to suffering

from first date jitters as they prepare to meet a potential suitor for the very first time.

But this doesn’t hinder their appetite for a good date, as (54%) hope their date lasts a whopping 2-3 hours.

In an age of dating digitisation, the research also revealed that half of Glaswegians (50%) have experimented with online dating – with the majority of people (34%) waiting more than three weeks to meet their potential suitor in person; and citing ‘catfishing’ as the worst thing about online dating (43%).

The revelations come as Silverburn introduces a new meeting point, designed to encourage Glaswegian singletons to take their dating offline. The prominent heart-shaped sign post creates the perfect location for meeting internet dates face-to-face for the very first time.

Scarlett Hill, marketing manager for Silverburn, said, “From the findings, it’s clear that whilst the nature of dating is changing, with the popularity of dating apps, we are still traditionalists at heart. People want to get to know their potential suitor on a first date as best they can – with the popularity of searching for love online, there are naturally some nerves, alongside avoiding dating pitfalls such ‘catfishing’.

“Silverburn is the perfect antidote to searching from a screen; public, lively destination where you can meet, entertain and get to know your potential match – no matter what your idea of the perfect first date is.”

Spencer Mathews, previously a prolific first dater but now married with a newborn, agreed: “Destination shopping centres are an excellent location for a first date – they’re packed with things to do and also offer an abundance of great restaurant options, Scotland’s number one

thing to do on a first date.”

He added: “The most important thing in my experience is taking the time to get to know someone. So many of us now look online for our next date and waste time talking to someone who may not be the right fit. Silverburn is the ideal space to move your dating into the real world, and spend quality time with each other.”

Glaswegians also appear to be the luckiest when it comes to the dating game. More than half (54%) say nothing embarrassing has ever happened to them, while less than (13%) say they’ve embarrassed themselves by getting too drunk.

And the perfect date duration? A whopping three hours!