Many of my weekends this past summer included baby showers, bridal showers and weddings. What’s interesting is how social media helped initiate these celebrations of momentous milestones.
Online Dating: Mingles and Matches
With my Christian friend’s religious prerequisites, she tried out Christian Mingles. After six months of inseparable moments between her and her new boyfriend, the engagement ring appeared and the wedding followed shortly after.
A former coworker was looking for love and found Match.com to be her ticket to the alter. And after being with her husband for a few years, she recently gave birth to a beautiful daughter.
Two happy-ever-after stories.
Offline Dating Makes a Comeback
But online dating is not the latest trend. And the good news is there’s hope for those who enjoy good old fashioned in-person, get-t0-gethers.
I’ve been married for four years and have dated my husband since I was 18 so I’m slightly out of the loop when it comes to the dating scene. However, when talking to friends and my 20-something brother, I know it’s all about Facebook. So even if you meet someone offline, it immediately goes to the online space.
New sites like Dinnerdate.com blend the online and offline to create a new experience. Small, like-minded groups of singles are put together to meet for dinner, events, etc. As the site reads, “No weirdness. No work. No heavy financial, time or emotional commitment. Just a table of interesting people and the right mood to make things happen.” You can even bring your friends. It removes the weirdness experienced from both the online and offline space. It also recognizes that meeting in person will likely result in some online discussion and vice verse (if all goes well on the date, that is).
Grouper does the same thing. It groups its members based on their Facebook profiles then picks the date location and pre-pays the first round of drinks. Members bring two single friends and some dough and suddenly, you’ve got a group date. As shared on the Huffington Post, “The service requires the two people it connects to each bring along two friends on the date, creating 3-on-3 outings that harken back to the good old college days, when coeds did their courting in packs.”
Online Dating Marries Offline Dating
So, in a way, we’re back where we started with dating. We’re meeting in person and in groups, even. But with the addition of social media, there’s a broader reach of suitors and the dates are not so blind. New dating sites are recognizing this trend and they’re blending the online and offline aspects of dating. How do you prefer to date and does this new trend interest you?