It was quite possible that we had no friends in common, which is rare (another plus of Grouper using Facebook – it can eliminate matches you’re already friends with).
They were three MBA candidates; my group is of the more artistic variety, so on paper we were complete opposites.
But we got along well, and I appreciated meeting people we probably wouldn’t encounter in our social lives.
Because there were six of us, there were opportunities to have side conversations that cut down on awkwardness.I was elated that there was none of that extensive talk about mutual friends that often happens after meeting people in New Orleans.Grouper picks the bar and doesn’t reveal it until a day or two before the meet-up, and your dates are a mystery until you arrive – something that’s refreshing in the era of Google.Each participant pays , which includes one round of drinks and some protection against no-shows.
Online dating has become ubiquitous, but even so, I’m not completely sold on it.
Online dating does make sense for people like me who are busy and want to meet people beyond their social circles, but meeting up with virtual strangers can be scary.