Wall street journal dating article


07-Aug-2020 14:09

Team Dating's 40,000 members are concentrated mostly in urban areas and field teams that average three people.

Ignighter's 10,000 users also mostly hail from big cities.

Group-dating plays to the tastes of a generation that's become disillusioned with Internet dating sites, particularly the lies that users tell about themselves online; the futile process of trying to meet people at bars; and blind dates that feel like job interviews.

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Later this year, Zoosk will start matching people based on taste in books, music and movies.

Group-dating came on the scene in 1998 with 8at8, a service that sets up dinner dates with four men and four women and now has 25,000 members in six major metropolitan areas.

Then came the Internet and, with it, sites like Team Dating.com, which has a concept similar to Ignighter's.

By HANNAH SELIGSON To the untrained eye and ear, the scene of young professionals sipping cocktails with a steady stream of popular music playing in the background seemed like a typical Thursday night at Forum, a trendy Union Square watering hole for those born around, say, 1983.

The only clues that there could be something out of the ordinary taking place were a bright orange sign that said "Ignighter" and a large supply of blue drink tickets that were cycling through the crowd.

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