D ating is awkward. And while internet dating theoretically makes it easier to get that first date, it doesn't do a huge amount to reduce the uncomfortable reality of sitting with a stranger casually trying to discover if you like each other. But as online dating has evolved, it has steadily chipped away at some of those problems. What started as a simple online version of the small ads you would find in the back of a newspaper began to get smarter at matching couples. Next to go was the barrier of signing up and filling in a profile, as the next generation of mobile apps started lifting information straight from social networking sites. The final hurdle, it seems, is the date itself.
Dating, now less awkward
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Today I will be reviewing a one-of-a-kind dating app. Grouper Social Club. My first impression? Grouper Social Club is something everybody is going to want in on. The Grouper Team takes the matchmaking into their own hands, and takes the stress off of yours — in a discreet and confidential setting. Here is what I found during my Grouper review.
Grouper Sets You Up With Three Facebook Strangers, But ‘It’s Not a Date’
You know how in the movie Hitch , Will Smith uses his matchmaking acumen to try and teach Kevin James how to woo Amber Valletta, then Eva Mendes makes Will realize that all of the smoke and mirrors don't work, and being attractive is really just about finding a way to be confident just by being yourself, and then they do sex? Well Grouper is exactly like Hitch , except instead of gaining confidence from the Fresh Prince, you get it by bringing two friends on your date, creating a three-on-three hang that's significantly less awkward because "you can either talk in three pairs of two, just with your friends, or as a group". The dating site just now taking applications in Boston works like this: sign up, and they'll vet you by asking a few simple questions and studying your Facebook profile and making sure you're not actively planning a hypothetical wedding on Pinterest. Once you're in, their matchmaking gurus analyze you even further, studying your profile, and photos, and soul, then pairing you with someone of a similar age who shares your interest in pumpkin bundt cakes.
When being able to swipe right to express interest in a person is a major technological achievement , you know something is broken. Y Combinator alum The Dating Ring thinks it has a better way of getting people to meet one another and hopefully start dating, by matching up users in groups of six. After several months of operating in New York City, the startup has brought its group match making service to San Francisco.