Older sites such as and newer ones such as Dinner Date, Cupid Radar and Grouper, all are focusing on the importance of a personal connection offline that just can't happen via technology.This retro appeal is especially evident with Grouper, which organizes something like the old-style "double date," where a couple of friends go along for moral support. 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.
Its traffic jumped 221% in the past year, according to Com Score."The core idea was to build an offline dating site that made it easy for people to say what they want to do for a date, connect and get offline," says Brian Schechter, 33, co-founder and co-CEO of How About We, which launched two years ago.With over 30 million visitors and 13.5 million monthly visitors, trying to find a true match will never be as hard as trying to find a needle in a haystack.Not to mention, you can sort your searches by lifestyle and interest, and unlimited browsing is free!Marketing firm Jana asked 1,500 18 to 30-year-olds in nine countries, pictured, where they go online when looking for a relationship.Facebook was the most popular across the board, with Twitter coming in second and even My Space making the top three in certain regions The highest proportion of people who had met someone online was in Vietnam, at 67%, pictured, whereas only a quarter of people in Brazil said they had gone on online dates.
And everybody's getting into the act — even the AARP.