Friday, 12. September 2008 - 5:54 am
When I was in my 20s, I tended to meet new people when I was out with the rest of my pals. It was easier, in a sense, because the people you know always knew somebody else… and eventually you'd meet all the people they knew. You were constantly meeting new people, thereby increasing your chance of getting a date.
When you get a little older, however, your social group tends to decrease. You get stuck in a routine, and all those friends you were constantly meeting are married or moved on and can't hang out like they used to.
That's why Internet dating caught on so well for people in their 30s and beyond. They were able to meet new people and break out of their usual routine.
Now, a new site aims to take the concept of group dates and mix them in along with that of Internet dating. Think of it as the best of both worlds.
Ignighter.com is a free site where groups are "formed through an – a kind of social director – who invites his or her friends to join. The group is given a name, a members' photo is montaged together" and a link to each group members Facebook profile is inserted. Then, groups go out with other groups. "Any individual in the group can ask another group out on a date, but everyone in the group goes, eliminating some of the awkwardness that plagues singles events."
I like this idea, but I think it goes back to the original problem, is that when you're older you don't have always a large group that wants to get together. But I do like the fact that the group goes out with you, and instead of meeting one person you meet another whole group. It eases the nerves of meeting someone alone, and also takes pressure off asking someone out.
What do you think? Is this something you'd be interested in doing? Would it help you get more dates?