Meet a Mate Week is held in June every year, and this year, it will be celebrated from June 10 to 16. Let’s state the obvious from the get-go — dating is difficult. Is it just us or is it only getting tougher? The sheer number of options on the internet can make dating a confusing, often wildly frustrating space. It’s ironic how so many people can’t find the right person in the era of swipe rights. Daring to stand out in a world of virtual connections is Meet a Mate Week. A refreshing addition to the dating scene that lets you believe in meeting “the one” organically. The idea behind the week is simple — get single people with mutual interests to hang out in small groups. No contrived spaces or obvious agendas here. There’s no pressure to match with someone either — unlike apps. Meet a Mate Week hopes to stack the cards in everyone’s favor, by simply bringing people they might like into a fun, social setting.
History of Meet a Mate Week
It’s difficult to remember a time without dating websites. The internet today enables various ways to meet new people — and the options are dizzying! We have dating websites and meet-up sites. A hundred dating apps with highly-specific objectives — find love, companionship, or one-night stands.
The pressure to swipe right can be crushing. Something inherently transactional about it, and why it’s not for the faint-hearted. Add some anxiety to the mix, and you get a cocktail recipe for disaster.
Dating apps are supposed to make meeting people easier — but do they? The more options we have, the harder it seems to find a real connection. Meet a Mate Week hopes to make things easier for anyone looking for companionship. There’s no one way to find love or that elusive spark. Still, it never hurts to be in the right place at the right time.
The idea behind the week is to encourage singles with similar interests to meet in casual settings. It’s all very chill. Maybe that conversation leads to something more — then again, maybe it won’t. Either way, there’s no pressure to leave with a date. You can participate in activities and say your goodbyes with no hard feelings. Show up with no plans other than to have a good time and meet new people.
Meeting in person alleviates some of the uneasiness associated with online dating. Because you already share similar interests, it becomes easy to continue conversing. Then there’s the chemical issue — you have it if you feel it. Only after you meet someone in person can you be certain.
Meet a Mate Week can be anything you want it to be. People attend events to let their hair down and have some fun. Others organize activities like tree planting or urban beautification. Different events attract different kinds of people. No matter the setting, you may discover that you have many things in common with other people.
Meet a Mate Week timeline
In rural Austria, young women dance with an apple slice lodged in their armpits, which they offer to men they fancy, who then need to eat it.
Women during the Victorian Age rest their fans on their left cheek to let suitors know they’re not interested.
Columnist George Ade writes of a woman losing interest in her boyfriend and other boys filling all his ‘dates.’
Dating grows into a cultural and historical concept as more women migrate to cities to work.
Meet a Mate Week FAQs
Where do you find a mate?
Find events or social groups where there’s scope for conversation. The odds of connecting with someone are higher when you don’t need to shout above the music.
How do you actually meet someone?
Start looking around for singles groups or hobby clubs where you live. You can also consider dating apps, websites, or finding someone through friends and family.
What is the 10-date rule?
According to the 10-date rule, men are more likely to seek long-term relationships with women they’ve dated at least ten times. Ten dates usually mean meaningful connections beyond hanging out or having coffee.
Meet a Mate Week Activities
Attend an event
Choose gatherings based on your interests or hobbies. It will help increase the chances of meeting someone you may connect with.
Organize an event
Are you having trouble finding events that interest you? Find like-minded individuals and organize an event together.
Put the word out
Do you know someone who could benefit from new experiences? Pass along information about Meet a Mate Week. Maybe even send links to events that they might like.
5 Facts About Dating That Will Blow Your Mind
Speed dating’s unlikely origins
A rabbi from Los Angeles invented speed dating based on a Jewish tradition of chaperoned gatherings of young, single adults.
A miserable milestones
Most couples break up around the third or fifth month of dating.
Trading house keys
It takes 12 to 15 dates on average for couples to exchange house keys.
Surveys show that more than 31% of men have dumped women who were overweight.
Watch out for scams
At least 10% of new accounts on free dating sites belong to scammers.
Why We Love Meet a Mate Week
Dating apps aren’t for everyone. Meeting someone organically without obvious agendas is a refreshing approach.
It filters out the noise
There’s such a thing as too many options, which we know is a problem these days. Meet a Mate Week keeps it simple and uncluttered.
It’s always a good idea to try something new. And if that could mean finding the love of your life, why not? A win-win either way.
Meet a Mate Week dates