Single radio producer Jana Hocking video calls guys to avoid getting caught on first dates

Single radio producer shares the simple trick that will make sure you’ll never be disappointed on a first date again

  • Jana Hocking has a simple trick to avoid being disappointed on first dates
  • When Sydney’s lockdown ends, she plans to video call all potential candidates first
  • She hopes this will end the ‘catfishing’ of men who look different online


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An unhappily in love radio producer has come up with a simple trick to avoid being disappointed on first dates.

When Sydney’s lockdown is finally lifted, ‘always single’ Jana Hocking said she plans to video call all potential suitors before meeting them in person.

Tired of the endless disappointment in the Harbor City dating scene, the 36-year-old hopes the phone calls will put an end to the “catfishing” by men who look and act different from what their online profiles appear to be.

When Sydney's lockdown is finally lifted, 'eternally single' radio producer Jana Hocking (pictured) said she plans to video call all potential suitors before meeting them in person

When Sydney’s lockdown is finally lifted, ‘eternally single’ radio producer Jana Hocking (pictured) said she plans to video call all potential suitors before meeting them in person

“That’s one of the things I’m going to take out of the dating world after the pandemic,” she said on her podcast news.com.au. Kind of dating.

Instead of going to a bar, the Triple M host said she’ll start Skype dates to get a sense of who she’s been talking to.

“There’s nothing worse than getting all dressed up, ready to go out, pay for your Uber, pay for your new outfit and sit down, knowing in 30 seconds this isn’t the person for you and he wasn’t like at all. he looked like on the app,” she said.

Jana has become something of a guru on the Australian dating scene by sharing her romantic escapades and advice to find ‘the one’.

The 36-year-old (pictured) hopes the calls will end the 'catfishing' by men who look and behave differently from what appears on their online profiles

The 36-year-old (pictured) hopes the calls will end the ‘catfishing’ by men who look and behave differently from what appears on their online profiles

Jana (pictured) has become something of a guru on the Australian dating scene by sharing her romantic escapades and advice to find 'the one'

Jana (pictured) has become something of a guru on the Australian dating scene by sharing her romantic escapades and advice to find 'the one'

Jana (pictured) has become something of a guru on the Australian dating scene by sharing her romantic escapades and advice to find ‘the one’

She recently told fans that she thinks it’s better to keep past experiences that no longer represent who you are as a person to yourself in the early days of dating.

Jana recently talked about her second date with an attractive man, who quickly turned sour when he revealed that he had been arrested – twice.

When she questioned her date about the charges, he admitted that he had “accidentally” kidnapped someone and another more sinister crime that Jana preferred not to disclose.

Jana said the experience has made her wonder if there are things you shouldn’t say until you get to know someone on a deeper level than small talk.

Jana (pictured) recently talked about her second date with an attractive man who quickly turned sour when he revealed he had been arrested - twice

Jana (pictured) recently talked about her second date with an attractive man who quickly turned sour when he revealed he had been arrested - twice

Jana (pictured) recently talked about her second date with an attractive man who quickly turned sour when he revealed he had been arrested – twice

In a column for news.com.auJana revealed that she only agreed to a second date because the guy was “hot.”

She said everything was “swimming” until he brought up his recent arrests.

The man explained that he had been wrongly booked for kidnapping while walking home from a costume party, dressed as a commando with a fake rifle and a real knife.

After an argument with a man waiting at a bus stop, Jana’s date said he “jokingly” grabbed the commuter around the neck and dragged him around the corner “to scare him.”

He said a police car was waiting for him when he got home and that he would have to spend the night in a cell. But the criminal revelations didn’t stop there.

“When I looked at him with a slightly hurt look, he grinned and said, ‘Yeah, so that was the first time,’” Jana recalls.

Through the experience, Jana (pictured) wondered if there are things that are better left unsaid until you get to know someone on a deeper level than small talk

Through the experience, Jana (pictured) wondered if there are things that are better left unsaid until you get to know someone on a deeper level than small talk

Through the experience, Jana (pictured) wondered if there are things that are better left unsaid until you get to know someone on a deeper level than small talk

She said the second incident is “slightly darker” and has not released further details.

While Jana said she was glad her date told her about his indiscretions so she could avoid wasting any more time with him, she wondered if there are things you should keep to yourself.

“I’ve probably done stupid things in my life, but do I want to put it on a bulletin board and parade it around for everyone to see?” she wrote.

Jana encouraged singles to learn a lesson from her story.

Sure, you might have a great conversation and feel comfortable sharing some of your life experiences. However, some stupid things we’ve done in the past should stay right there. Before,’ she said.

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