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Grouper: The new online dating site you need to know about

The latest in online dating matches you up on group dates with free drinks.

By HerCampus.com Mar 13, 2013 3:35PM

Just to make things clear, when it comes to Grouper, we’re not talking about the fish. It’s actually a dating site (or as they prefer, social club) that sets you and your two best friends up with another group of three friends.

Photo: Grouper

How it works

After you apply for membership (don’t worry, this isn’t an elite club that only Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf can get accepted into), Grouper will match you with someone else using your Facebook profile. But, they’re not checking out how hot you are, rather, they set you up based on age, educational background, profession, interests, and lifestyle. On top of all that, they also ask you what you’re looking for—from older guys, to just about your age, to youngins’ if that’s what you’re into.  Although the site doesn’t mention any age requirements, it’s most likely a 21+ kind of deal, since Grouper typically sends you to a bar to meet up with your dates. On that note, once matched, you invite two wing-women to tag along and the guys do the same. After that, you pay Grouper $20, they pick a restaurant or bar, and then set you all up with a round of free drinks.

The pros and cons

So what makes Grouper the new hit thing in dating? Well, for starters, since it’s a social gathering of six (three guys, three girls), you don’t have to worry about being set up with a creeper. You have to be somewhat normal to have two best friends to come out with you. Even if you don’t get along with one guy, you can still have fun with the entire group… or totally fall for one of his friends, improving your chances of meeting someone (cough, cough).

On top of that, Grouper’s casual. There’s no pressure like on a blind, first date because it’s more of a group hangout than a traditional date.

As for its pitfalls? If you’re looking for something more serious and less laidback, then Grouper may not be for you—like we said, it’s more of a hangout among friends than a legitimate date. But it is a guaranteed night out where you’ll meet new people, laugh at awkward moments with your friends, and get free drinks courtesy of Grouper. It’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone.

To read about one woman's experience going on a Grouper date, read the rest of the article here on HerCampus.com.

Would you try out a Grouper date?  Leave a comment!

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Photo: Grouper

Mar 22, 2013 5:03AM
Hahahaha and a lot of LoL too. This is speed dating gone mad and just another unwanted and unneeded ploy for lonely people. Meet people out and about in person and not online. Hiding behind your phone makes you worthless to me anyway and you will not get a date.
Mar 21, 2013 7:32PM
Cool, a new orgy dating site! The 60's are back, just Online!
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