Ask Basia VIdeo Podcast EP 21- “Digital Dating”

By Basia Alicia Powell

Today the queens and I discussed “Digital Dating”. If you were fortunate enough to have found your life partner or soul mate online, you were ahead of the game. Most of us are catching up. Psychology Today estimates that by the year 2040 70 % of couples will meet online. Therefore, if you are not a believer in this new approach to finding love, and you are still single, you may want to listen to this podcast.

The one thing we are all certain of in this life is change. And as we said in a prior episode technology is simply facilitating the change in mankind’s behavior and their emerging needs. You may prefer to meet your man or woman the traditional way, but unfortunately, there are some traditions that are becoming obsolete. Would you still use a typewriter today instead of your laptop? My point is, if you have been unsuccessful finding love at church, or in the club, that maybe due to the fact that many great dating candidates are using technology to address their love needs. My advice is, if you are trying to catch fish, you can only catch fish where there is water, not on land. From what I heard from some of these ladies, the fish (aka men) are mostly making themselves available via dating Apps and dating sites. So you have to go where the fish is swimming to set your bait! Get ready to swipe ladies. This one is for you.I hope you enjoy this video podcast, as much as we enjoyed taping it. Take a look at our podcast below and the bios for our commentary panel:

Commentators’ Bios

Whitney Marshall, Attorney-At-Law /NY, NY

Whitney Marshall is an entertainment lawyer by day and a dating coach by night. She is the founder of Yes to 50, a dating accountability group she started in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. As the leader of Yes to 50 she has established the Shameless Dating brand where she encourages women to get in touch with who they are, accept their flaws and relationship needs, and put themselves out there so they can find their perfect partners. She is the daughter of Jamaicans from St. Elizabeth and Kingston and enjoys spending time reading psychology and dating books.  Follow her on Instagram

Mrs Sanjoni Sethi / Clinical Psychologist /India

Sanjoni Sethi is a psychologist and mental health scholar. She has completed her Master’s Programme in Clinical Psychology (M.Sc Clinical Psychology) from Christ College, Bengaluru & Bachelors in Psychology Hons from Delhi University. Currently, she is an M.Phil Scholar studying Clinical Psychology. She has worked under a prestigious global banner of Amity. She was employed at Amity International School – Gurgaon as a School Counsellor. Sanjoni shows great interest in research in the area of mental health. She has worked with underprivileged children on topics of emotions and societal influence, and with elderly population on depression. Her research work is published in eminent journals from USA, and UGC approved publishers. She is the recipient of IJRULA award winner as the Best Revolutionist 2018 for her paper “Societal Influence on Emotional Competence”. She is also a certified First-Aid Trainer from “East West Rescue Organization” and has keen interest in helping the society. Sanjoni is also a trained and qualified Kathak Dancer (B.A. Kathak) from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. She is also deeply involved in writing for her mental health blog known as ‘TheMadnessforReal’ and painting. Follow her on Instagram

Dr Ayanna Alleyne-Eastman/ ProfessorTennesse

Dr. Ayanna Alleyne -Eastman is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, who believes in the importance of pursuing your dreams. Her career path has included communication and public relations experiences with state and international agencies, such as the United Nations. At present, she is an Assistant Professor, of Communication and single mother of a tenacious 14 year old girl. An avid writer, she shares her thoughts and musings on motherhood, singleness, dating and more on her blog, Successful Mom. In her spare time, she hikes mountain trails and plans events. And most of all, she wants us to know, she is a woman of God. Follow her on Instagram

Ms. Vanessa Anderson / Senior Cloud Solution Microsoft UK/Sweden

Vanessa Anderson is a Senior Cloud Solution at Microsoft and has 23 years of experience working in Information Technology. Besides working on Cloud digital transformation projects, Vanessa is a lifelong learner, she is passionate about the empowerment of the community, and spends her spare time mentoring and inspiring others and for fun she enjoys travelling the globe. Follow her on Instagram

Ms Ariel Paredes /Actress/ Comedian – Los Angeles, California

Ariel Paredes is a Writer, Actor, and Stand-up comedian.  She has developed years of experience with published work covering press junkets, travel pieces, and arts & entertainment. Also having performed all over Los Angeles at the famed Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store, she reflected herself in comedy by creating her own culturally diverse female driven show called “It’s Not me, It’s Definitely you”. 
A graduate of Boston College, she used her business skill set from working at HBO, to take that to the next level in her own personal endeavors creating new and exciting content. Follow her on Instagram

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