Meetup.com provides a platform that connects people via the internet along common interests. It’s similar to meeting people at the gym and connecting on fitness and other aspects of life. However, Meetup gives us the power of the internet to connect with others! Type a search term in the topic/interest field, follow it up with a zip code of where you’d like to Meetup and voila! Instant Meetup satisfaction. Other tools that make finding like-minded people easier are the Trending, New in-your-area, and Upcoming fields. Don’t know who you want to meet, just browse the menu of categories.
Turns out its not just a website, but a social concept. As the world grows larger and people spread, core social groups are created, transitioned, lost, and updated. Since it is essential to our health to maintain interpersonal relationships we strive to facilitate our interactions. Family is generally our first experience with social groups and relationships. It gives us a benchmark to either find more like it or escape from those that are like it. Either way we are trained to thrive in social groups. More often than not keeping a social group is difficult in the modern, western world as circumstances and situations change. Take this scenario: Mario grows up with his mother, father, and younger sister. They live in a suburban area and have an enjoyable life. Mario’s father leaves the family when he is 8 years old. Mario, his mother, and sister move to a new state near extended family. Growing up he goes to college out of state. He returns to find his sister in another state at college. His mother is busily working and living her life. Mario gets a job offer across the country. He moves, and immediately identifies with no one. What to do?
Join Meetup. Dating sites are actually all the rage nowadays and make for a great way to meet people too.
EDIT: Honestly, I began writing this a long time ago and forgot where I was going with it. Moral of the day > Finish that which you start within a reasonable amount of time.