Even Web sites like e-Harmony and have become passé.
Instead of just going out alone or in pairs, a bunch of people -- roughly equal numbers of each sex -- engage in a social activity together.
The only clues that there could be something out of the ordinary taking place were a bright orange sign that said "Ignighter" and a large supply of blue drink tickets that were cycling through the crowd.
Then came the Internet and, with it, sites like Team Dating.com, which has a concept similar to Ignighter's.
Team Dating's 40,000 members are concentrated mostly in urban areas and field teams that average three people.
The group is given a name, a members' photo is montaged together from the individual ones that have been submitted (creating a sort of artificial group picture), information about the group is filled in, and a link to everyone's Facebook profile is inserted. And this is where it becomes a bit different from your typical singles event. Any individual in the group can ask another group out on a date, but everyone in the group goes, eliminating some of the awkwardness that plagues singles events.
Group-dating came on the scene in 1998 with 8at8, a service that sets up dinner dates with four men and four women and now has 25,000 members in six major metropolitan areas.
After ten years of marriage, my wife cheated on me. When I finally ventured into the dating scene again, I met this woman who seemed very nice.