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It also conducts mixers for slightly larger groups."Our belief is the computer is a great way to process and meet people, but you can't beat natural human chemistry," says Connell.
Grouper's Waxman says his site is aimed at simplicity, which appeals to the young adults it serves.
But now the order is reversed: a growing number of sites are geared to helping users plan offline activities to size each other up and decide if they've got chemistry.
Most dating websites used to focus on helping singles get acquainted with extended online communication before meeting face-to-face.
AARP officials say members have been asking the organization to get into dating for several years.
Members have started 20 dating-related online groups (with names like "Single and Mingle") that have more than 6,000 participants.
AARP senior vice president Sami Hassanyeh says after the website approached the organization a year ago about a partnership, AARP decided to plunge in."I do not think we're late in getting into this," he says.
Most online sites are free to create a profile but charge to communicate. Grouper, for example, costs a person for each group date, which includes its services and the first drink.A study earlier this year in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest finds "no compelling evidence" to support the online sites' claims that their algorithms work better than other ways of pairing people."What's been amazing for us is that the industry in 2012 — be it or site after site after site — they're emphasizing meeting face-to-face as a chemistry check," says the study's lead author, social psychologist Eli Finkel of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.In May, Match.com, founded in 1995, announced "innovative features for connecting people that eliminate the distinction between online and offline dating," including monthly mixer events in 80 cities.He says other cities will be added, but they need enough restaurants and enough users.The site focuses on age-themed dinners of 10 people rather than matching individuals, he says.