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For singles in Utah the dating pool can either be full or quite empty depending on who you are and what you are looking for. When it comes to being college educated and single the odds are in favor of men, especially those that live outside the Salt Lake City metro region. There are 1. He said there are about three women for every two men among people ages 40 and under in the LDS Chrurch. Birger pointed out that sociologists have seen that within all religious organizations, men are more likely to leave, creating the wider gap between singles. In Washington County,

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We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targetedanalyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. She had never seen her date, nor did she even know his name. Two minutes before the date was supposed to start, her phone rang. Emily burst out laughing, still nervous but relieved. When she pulled into the Hatch parking lot, she saw a guy wandering around.

It was Jake. They ordered ice cream and sat down to talk about the fact that although they knew nothing about each other, they were now a couple and would be spending time together every day for the next 30 days. She was struck by how these shows turned the basic concept of dating on its head and sparked conversations about what it means to be in a relationship, have chemistry and commit to dating person. Flash forward a year, and the online dating experiment Thirty Day Bae — "bae" is a slang term that refers to one's boyfriend or girlfriend, and stands for "before anyone else" — is entering its second round.

Applications opened April 7. Here's how it works: Applicants apply online to be matched up with someone who will become Utah boyfriend or girlfriend for 30 days. This year, four couples will be paired up. Couples are required to spend time together every day for a month — five times a week in person and twice a week by FaceTime or Skype. Two of the in-person meetups need to be dates.

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The logs are later published online at thirtydaybae. Couples can post their own photos and videos to the site, but are not followed by photographers or videographers. Couples also benefit from free weekly relationship coaching sessions with Jordan Johnson, who is a d marriage and family therapist. At the end of the 30 days, couples decide whether they want dating continue dating and are free to Utah the relationship on their own terms. A group of single friends and coworkers are running the project. Applications for the first round of Thirty Day Bae opened in Octoberand within 10 days, the team had received around applications.

Davi Johnson, who is certified in Myers-Briggs and who her friends say has a serious knack for matchmaking, went through the applications — which included a Myers-Briggs test, an attachment style questionnaire and prioritization of qualities in a partner — and winnowed it down to 40 applicants who she thought would be most suitable for the program.

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Those applicants were then interviewed by the team, and three couples — Emily and Jake, Sarah Haymore and Brian Anderson, and "Jane and John" — were ultimately paired up. Emily and Jake did not want their last names used on thirtydaybae. This year, the experiment will expand from Salt Lake County to Utah County, and four couples will be chosen. Friends will also have the option to self-select — that is, apply as a couple to go through the experiment together.

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All applicants have to be between the ages of 25 and Thirty Day Bae is, in Utah ways, intended to act as an antidote to common side effects of dating like ghosting, fear of commitment and anxiety about defining the relationship by creating an environment in which expectations and the relationship timeline are predetermined, so couples dating the freedom to be themselves, get to know each other and see where things go. Indeed, according to data released in March from the General Social Survey, 51 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 did not have a steady romantic partner — up from 33 percent in and 45 percent in — and a record 35 percent of all Americans did not have a steady romantic partner.

Thirty Day Bae removes the anxiety of choice, something that everyone interviewed for this article said they grapple with. For Thirty Day Bae co-creator Katie Rex, the overwhelming amount of choices young adults face today can be traced back to dating apps. For Jake and Emily, who ended up dating for about four months after the day experiment ended, choosing to fully commit to each other was key, and has changed their perspective on dating.

In the past, Jake said, he's followed a dating routine where he goes out with someone once or twice before it starts to fizzle.

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During those first few dates, he's simultaneously trying to get to know the person while also wondering in the back of his mind if this is someone he wants to date long term. Utah round's third couple, Sarah Haymore and Brian Anderson, committed to each other for the duration of the 30 days, but ultimately that commitment wasn't enough to turn their friendship into a relationship. Dating is hard, meeting people is hard and we want to facilitate an experience where people can learn about dating and not have the stress of, 'Are we going to break up tomorrow,' or 'Do I see myself going to the temple with this person?

All the couples said they benefited from the relationship coaching sessions with Jordan Johnson, in which they were able to work on communication skills, setting boundaries, voicing their anxieties and generally being better partners. In many ways, Johnson said, dating a relationship coach is like having a personal trainer at the gym — you may not think you need one, but when you have one you realize how helpful it can be. Jake, Emily and Smith, all of whom are currently going on dates, and Haymore, who is in a committed relationship, said they have applied lessons from Thirty Day Bae to their current relationships.

Emily said that one of her most important takeaways was the realization that "a relationship doesn't have to last forever for it to be successful.

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She also added that Thirty Day Bae has made her more confident and invested in the role she plays in a relationship. Thinking back on the first round and ahead to the second, founder Christine Cooke said that all she hoped to accomplish with Thirty Day Bae was to "start a conversation and plant a seed in people's minds that maybe dating could be done differently.

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