Some single people, however, regard and appreciate solitude as an opportunity.
Recently, writing a text message on a mobile phone and showing it to others has become popular as an alternative to whispering.
Group online dating, its creators and practitioners say, is safer than traditional Internet dating: With friends in tow, there's little fear that a date will spike your drink during a trip to the bathroom. Going out in groups improves your odds, at least in theory.
In other cultures, group dating is becoming more popular as a safe alternative to single dating (especially blind dating), also helping to ease tension, because both parties will feel more comfortable having the company of their friends.
is a group blind date, typically used to form at least some friendships between two groups that are each of a single sex.
Generally, a single man and woman who know each other organize the gōkon in advance, each agreeing to bring three or four eligible friends.