Being single doesn’t have to mean being lonely. Meetup has a new partnership with Meetic, a French dating company, to help build community among single friends.
Your single social circle is a special group of people who share your journey and your goals. They understand the challenges you face and they celebrate the strides you make. When you’re with them, being single doesn’t mean being lonely.
Going from single to happily coupled-up is generally a long path with quite a few twists and turns. At the most basic level, your single friends help you pass the time. If you’re able to form a truly great singles circle, they’ll help you see that single life can be just as wonderful and important for your personal growth as life with a committed partner.
Hanging with single friends is a surefire way to make more connections than you could on your own, or even through a dating app. Lots of couples’ roots can be traced back to the friend of a friend of a friend! Plus, as you start to date, single friends become important confidants and resources for advice. If you want a deeper dive on this topic, listen to this podcast episode with dating expert Lindsey Mestlaar that discusses the role community plays in romantic relationships.
Tips for productive socializing when you’re single
A great way to surround yourself with potential single friends is by joining a singles group. Meetup has thousands of singles groups around the world with millions of members, so you’re sure to bump into some kindred spirits! You could attend, for example, the new member meet and greet event hosted by Atlanta’s popular 35UP! Social and Activity Group, which has more than 21,000 singles aged 35 or older.
In addition to expanding your dating pool through singles-specific events, dedicate some time to activities and hobbies you’re passionate about. For one thing, getting too wrapped up in finding a partner can actually have diminishing returns, and make you feel more isolated. It’s important to value your non-romantic interests while you’re single.
Beyond that, when you engage in activities you enjoy with other people (whether that’s cycling, drawing, or something outside the box like Aikido), you can be certain to make connections with folks who share your passions. It won’t always lead to a romantic link, but you never know when sparks might fly, like these two couples who met at Meetup events for West Michigan Geeks and later got married!
How Meetup is continuing its commitment to helping singles socialize
To help build community among singles and foster new friendships, Meetup is partnering with Meetic, a French online dating company that’s part of The Match Group (parent company of popular dating platforms like Match, Hinge, Tinder, OKCupid, and more). This partnership will encourage Meetic subscribers across Europe to get out there and meet new people via exclusive Meetup groups.
For example, if you use Meetic in Spain, you can join the Meetic Espana Meetup group and join events hosted by and for fellow Meetic users. Every member can participate in and organize their own singles events. There are similar Meetup groups for users of LoveScout24 in Germany, Ourtime and Match in the United Kingdom, and more.
Highlighting their enthusiasm for the partnership, Jerome Riviere, Brand Consumers VP at Meetic Europe says, “At Meetic, we’re always looking for new ways for singles to try something new, have fun and meet new people in their area so that they can start a real relationship. Offering singles in the UK, Spain, and Germany, the possibility to create their own events or access the thousands of social events offered by Meetup is a really exciting innovation.”
Meetup CEO David Siegel says, “Meetup’s mission is to bring people together over shared interests, so this partnership naturally aligns with our values. I can’t tell you how many anecdotes I’ve heard about Meetup groups leading to relationships and marriages.”
That’s what friends are for
If you’re single and looking to mingle, the first step is to get out there! You never know when or where you’re going to meet the right person. Set yourself up for success by finding a great group of single friends who share your interests. Or, take matters into your own hands by starting your own Meetup group for singles.