Dance dating site
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review Jean O'Leary of North Hills, and Ed Staiger of North Side dance the night away at the Saturday Night Singles event at the West View VFW on Saturday, February 23, 2013.According to a count by organizer Leslie Ferrari, the night's event brought 249 people through the VFW doors.“We noticed a lot of women just don't go places by themselves very often,” she says.Since launching The Stir, there have been 1,500 events held in 80 markets.Sites are organizing group outings that let users get to know each other in casual settings and alleviate the pressure that can accompany one-on-one first dates.“The goal has always been to bridge the online dating with the offline world,” says Cayla Gebhardt, spokeswoman. The goal is to get out and see how singles interact in real life.” To that end, Match, the largest online dating site with 1.8 million active members, launched The Stir, a campaign aimed at getting singles together at group outings.Last month, the site launched a mobile app for smartphones called Crazy Blind Date.
What seems like a return to the old days of singles mixers and blind dates is actually a move among companies to improve user experiences, industry insiders say.
'The worst thing you're going to have here is a three minute bad slow dance, then you can move on.
Compared to if you were computer dating, you could be stuck there [on a one-on-one date] all night.' said event regular Tim Kakascik, 65, of Steubenville.
The app searches for a compatible date, then sends a confirmation to both parties.
The goal of online-dating sites is to get people out into the dating world, says Justine Sacco, Ok Cupid spokeswoman.
“They're not walking into a bar wondering who is single and who is not.