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“The ultimate goal is to meet somebody in the real world,” Spira says.
“Otherwise, you end up with a digital pen pal.” Spira, who attends Stir events, says group settings create a great opportunity for people to meet their online crushes in a casual way. You can say, ‘By the way, I noticed your profile on or Plenty of Fish.' It's a really great ice breaker,” she says.
“If someone's a jerk online, they're going to be a jerk offline.” Free site Ok Cupid has been organizing events such as karaoke, painting classes and trivia nights for site users in the New York City area since July.
The site makes sure attendees at each event are compatible matches.
“It takes the intimidation factor out.” Meeting a person who's seen your profile can occasionally backfire, Spira admits.
“They might say, ‘I wrote to you five times, and you never wrote back,' ” she says.
members can bring nonmember friends to the events with them, Gebhardt says.The dances have led to at least 50 couples getting engaged or married, Ferrari says.Some have used online-dating sites and still do, but she says most prefer the casual group setting the event provides. “In person, they can make a connection, but it doesn't hurt to start online.” Sandy Bizon, 52, of West Deer has tried online sites, but prefers meeting people in person at the dances.“It adds another element of user engagement and interaction,” she says.
“It adds something very valuable to their social lives.” Some Pittsburgh-area offline group events have been gaining popularity.
“We noticed a lot of women just don't go places by themselves very often,” she says.