“Some are widows or widowers, divorced or people who are just single and want to get out with their peers,” Ferrari says.
The dances draw people from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, who enjoy a variety of music ranging from Top 40 to line-dancing.
“They're not walking into a bar wondering who is single and who is not.
You don't have to guess people's intentions.” Julie Spira, online-dating expert and author of “The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online” (Morgan James Publishing, .95), says offline events are win-win for sites and users.
In Pittsburgh, happy hours are held at popular restaurants such as Savoy and Bar Louie. Eighty percent say they'd go to another one, Gebhardt says.
Since launching The Stir, there have been 1,500 events held in 80 markets.The app searches for a compatible date, then sends a confirmation to both parties.The goal of online-dating sites is to get people out into the dating world, says Justine Sacco, Ok Cupid spokeswoman.“You won't be stuck with someone more than a three-minute slow dance,” he says. There is safety in numbers.” Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Are you interested in finding a single person to settle down with and start a family?'The worst thing you're going to have here is a three minute bad slow dance, then you can move on.Compared to if you were computer dating, you could be stuck there [on a one-on-one date] all night.' said event regular Tim Kakascik, 65, of Steubenville.“You're not going back and forth forever,” she says.Tim Kakascik, 65, of Steubenville, Ohio, says the group setting mingled with the dancing makes meeting new people easy.“It takes the intimidation factor out.” Meeting a person who's seen your profile can occasionally backfire, Spira admits.“They might say, ‘I wrote to you five times, and you never wrote back,' ” she says.