I just read an article about an online group dating service that is marketing itself on college and university campuses. I must admit that I was a bit taken aback at first, not sure what this was all about. But the further along I read, the more this concept seemed like a really good idea.
The service is called Ignighter, and it claims to provide a “safer, less awkward, more fun” method of dating. The premise is actually quite simple. You and your friends sign up for a group account, then look for a group in your area to go out with. It’s a chance to get together and socialize, but in a group setting, rather than one on one. It does seem like an interesting way to meet new people.
Once your groups have connected, you make plans to get together. The group setting provides a safer environment than going on a blind date alone, and I imagine it would be a lot less awkward having your friends with you. Another advantage the Ignighter website give for group dating is that you have the advice of your friends to fall back on. You can usually count on your friends to tell you if he’s a loser or if she’s really not that great. Why didn’t they have this when I was in school?
Perhaps another great feature of this service is that it’s free. According to the FAQ’s, there is no charge to use Ignighter’s services. The creators of Ignighter have policies in place to ensure the best experience. Your group must have at least two members, but no more than six. This allows for groups of relatively equal size to get together and makes the logistics of planning an event much simpler than if the groups were too large.
I am in no way affiliated with Ignighter. I just think it’s a very interesting concept, and I wanted to pass it along to you. This is very different than the way we did it when I was in school. And while I’m not always quick to adopt new trends, I have to say that this is an idea that gets my approval, both as an adviser and as a mom.
The group setting is not a substitute for using good judgment. It’s still wise to designate at least one of your friends to remain sober to avoid potential problems. Also, I would advise meeting in a public place. It’s just safer and makes more sense. College is a time of learning about yourself as well as academic learning. Have fun and be safe.
Have you heard of this concept before? Do you or your friends have personal experience with online group dating? Leave a comment or let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts.