Are ‘Top Singles’ Articles Past Their Expiration Date?

Time Out New York‘s most recent issue, The Sex Issue, makes me question whether people still turn to magazines to identify a city’s top singles. Sure, getting on the list gives you bragging rights, but does anyone actually care anymore? In this era of unconventional matchmaking, with numerous sites like eHarmony and televisions shows like The Millionaire Matchmaker glorifying the business, where do magazines come into play? TONY does a good job of highlighting singles from various backgrounds and for every sexual orientation, yet we don’t know what criteria the magazine uses to select this supposed lot of hot bachelors and bachelorettes. Perhaps more transparency would give the magazine’s annual roundup of singles greater importance. Still, I’d argue city magazines augment their Top Singles issues for something that’s actually useful, something hands-on. Well, I’m really pulling from what The Washington Post Magazine does each week, since its clever — and popular — Date Lab page follows two singles on a date that the magazine editors set up. That way, rather than point wishful singles in the right direction, the magazine actually plays matchmaker and documents what happens.

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