Group dating is a modern pattern for dating where a group of single men and a group of single women organise a night out, with the hope of forming romantic partnerships.
It is most popular in Japan, where it is known as gōkon.
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.
Dating is a stage of romantic and/or sexual relationships in humans whereby two or more people meet socially, possibly as friends or with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a partner in a more committed intimate relationship or marriage.
Typically groups of men and women will sit opposite each other and converse with one another, while simultaneously whispering discussions with their same-sex peers about which potential partners they find attractive.Sometimes games are played to reduce tension and encourage a convivial atmosphere.