As you all know, dear readers, I am an avid online dater. I simply do not have the time nor the desire to go out, alone, and sit at a bar trying to meet someone. That’s why I am very intrigued by this new initiative that Match.com has recently announced called Stir, where Match hosts singles events across the country. The events seem to be taking off nationwide, with 200 events being hosted each month by September!
This new endeavor, called Stir Events, consists of events ranging from large scale happy hours at local bars and venues, to more intimate, interest-based events such as cooking classes, wine and tequila tastings, dance lessons, bowling nights, rock climbing, and more! The Happy Hour events are free and open to both registered and subscribed Match.com members, while the interest-based events are only offered to Match.com subscribers and are fee based.
One of my biggest pet peeves about online dating is that people seem to treat it like a search for a new pen pal rather than the opportunity to take it offline and actually meet! I understand the need to be cautious when meeting a total stranger, but there are only so many emails and texts you can share with someone before you have to take the plunge and meet them or call it what it is– a “pen pal-ship”. With thousands of singles attending events each week, Match.com is bridging the gap between the online and offline worlds, creating even more ways to meet singles. As the world’s largest dating site, Match isn’t just throwing live singles events – they’re doing it on a massive scale. This month alone, they’re throwing 189 events in more than 62 markets! Each Match.com Stir event is customized through group matching algorithms in terms of age, gender and interests so that singles will be attending events with like singles. Wow! Imagine that! Being at an event where everyone is single, just like you, and you are all of similar age and interests?! It’s almost a guarantee that you will leave with at least one phone number or date set up. Fabulous!
The whole point of online dating is to actually meet someone, offline, for a date. I know, I know, you’re all shocked that I would ever suggest such a thing. Please stop taking the term “online dating” so literally people! Use those online dating searches as a vehicle for finding someone you might be interested in actually meeting. My rule of thumb is a couple of emails back and forth (no more than 5 or a total of one week, whichever comes first) before giving out my phone number and setting up a first meeting. If it doesn’t happen within that time frame, I will likely lose interest and categorize you as a pen pal.
If you are part of the online dating world and are fed up like I am, then get out there, take advantage of things such as these Stir Events and start meeting people! Match.com members can learn about and sign up for these events by Match.com via the Match.com website under the “Events” header on the site.