Dating in the Western World (the world of which I'm most familiar) involves a mating dance of sorts, beginning with some seductive posturing - getting noticed. Transitioning to uncovering common interests. Ultimately consummated by a commitment to regular engagement.
Networking follows a similar dance. Visibility. Interaction. Payoff.
As with my friend's experience with online dating sites, when the novelty wears thin and the participants become jaded the game defaults to a numbers game.
Let's hook up, if I have to make any effort then you're obviously not the one, NEXT, there are more fish in the sea. No one makes an effort, everyone's in it for instant gratification and romance exits left stage.
Networking has flavour when there's a hint of, perhps an anticipation of romance - or at least its second cousin...friendship.
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