Double Dates Are Standard On New Dating Website
Online dating takes guts and gumption. It’s not easy to put yourself out there and meet strangers for blind dates.
San Francisco-based startup Tandem has recently launched a meetup platform that’s changing the online dating structure that’s in place. Tandem suggests two-on-two get-togethers instead of one-on-one dates to find love.
Tandem’s members designate a wing man or woman before asking another user — and his/her plus one — on a date. The startup’s founders believe the double-date setup makes it easier for people to be themselves.
“You bring a friend and they bring a friend,” Tandem’s founder Will Tungpagasit explains to Mashable. “It establishes a social context that’s much more palatable to a larger audience and people who were too intimidated to engage in an awkward intimate one-on-one situation.”
The worse-case scenario is the pairs don’t connect romantically, Tungpagasit says. Even if the date goes horribly, you will have spent time with one of your best buds.SEE ALSO: 10 Dating Apps to Help You Find True Love
Tandem is also a great way to sway hesitant single friends to try online dating. Bringing a friend makes the setting more relaxed and gives users the security of not being alone with a stranger.
Signing up is simple with a Facebook account integration, which pulls your main photo into your Tandem profile. Users then are prompted to add one or more “Wings” — friends you would like with you on double dates. Your wing person could be any gender and ideally single. You can immediately check out other members and their friends.
Afterwards, users should answer questions about their height, weight, occupation, favorite travel experience and general interests to the best of their ability. To schedule a “tandem,” users can send an invite with location and time details and wait for a confirmation.
Members can currently scope out singles in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Salt Lake City, Madison, Chicago, New York City and Boston, where Tandem has launched. Throngs of people have found love on solo dates with Match.com, eHarmony and OKCupid, but the online dating scene is getting more social with dating sites like Tandem.
Singles who want to save themselves from potentially awkward one-on-one dates should check out other social online dating platforms looping friends into the mix including Grouper, DuoDater and the UK’s Dating Doubles.
Would you be more willing to try online dating with a friend? Tell us in the comments.
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