“Hanging out” or group dating is popular, especially among singles in their teens, 20′ s and 30’s. But it’s appropriate for all ages. Different from the hook-up mentality of many who do not desire long-lasting, committed relationships, there are many advantages to doing group outings instead of dating one-on-one. Group dates are most helpful for matchmaking if all members of the group are open to new experiences, people, and want partners.
1. There is less pressure. Because there are more people, even double-dating can ease the pressure of getting to know someone with romantic potential. You are less likely to be individually scrutinized and tested on how well you impress and entertain. This reduces stress and puts the emphasis on what really matters–enjoying yourself and being social.
2. It’s economical and promotes equality. You can split the costs evenly and enjoy activities that you might not be able to do on your own, such as gourmet dinners where food a few dishes are shared among guests at the table.
3. You have support. The fellas have each other and so do the gals. You can bond together as a group and individually. You have each other’s backs, if necessary and have another person to balance thoughts and opinions.
4. There are opportunities to meet new, compatible people. Blind dating is less traumatic and as easy as “bring a friend.” Usually, there is increased compatibility because group members are linked by some mutual association like family, occupation, or acquaintances.
5. It’s fun! By keeping things lighter and in the moment, you can relax more and let the fun side of your personality shine.
If you feel a connection in the group setting, then one-on-one dates are an ideal way to have a more personalized, up-close experience that may lead to something more committed and intimate later.