Online Dating Sites Offer Offline Singles Events

Aug 22, 2012 16:02:07Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Online Dating Sites Offer Offline Singles Events

Online dating is rapidly gaining popularity, but while singles are going online to find love, the kinks of this new dating style are still being worked out. So many dating sites claim they can match people up using scientific formulas and algorithms that are proven to lead to true love. Yet sometimes two online daters who hit it off through the internet end up fizzling out before their first date is even over.

What it boils down to is that even if two people seem 100 percent compatible on paper, they may just not click in real life, and there's really no way to predict whether this will happen over the internet. Speaking with someone on the phone before meeting them in person could allude to whether the two of you will have chemistry, but this is not a surefire method. If you want to go down this route, it might be a good idea to consider using a second mobile number. That way you don't have to give out your personal information if your potential match turns out to be a dud.

This isn't necessarily the only way to find out if you have a connection, and online dating sites are starting to find new ways to approach this issue. Some of the major online dating services are starting to roll out new options for their members to meet one another in a safe, mostly pressure-free way. Singles mixers may seem a bit old school, but they're actually a pretty smart way to help members meet other people in their area who are looking for love.

A New York Times report that I was reading revealed sites like and OKCupid, which is now owned by Match, are hosting offline events to get online daters out from behind their computer screens so they can mingle with other members. This way, daters can know instantly if there's a spark worth pursuing and they can decide later if their match's taste in movies or music is going to be a deal breaker as opposed to making one's interest the sole criteria for compatibility.

Some people may be able to find their soulmates simply by browsing online dating profiles, but this may not work for everyone. People who aren't having the best of luck meeting mates online could have a better chance by attending one of these offline online-dating gatherings.