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Dating App Experiment

The Dating App Experiment

The Dating App Experiment

As a single staff member of one of the Events & Adventures clubhouses, I decided to do a bit of an experiment with myself. Like a lot of people, I’m a dating app user; as a person dating in the 21st century it often feels like there aren’t many other options. As a simultaneous member of Events & Adventures, I started to compare and contrast my experiences with my online relationships and the ones I was seeing develop at Events & Adventures.

I’ve been on the classic apps like Tinder and Bumble and have tried some of the more obscure apps like Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel. They each have different layouts and specialties that make them seem like lights at the end of a tunnel filled with fellow singles. In the end, each app seems to turn out to have a similar end: possible dates and little connection.

 

The Findings

Dating apps turned the very real and emotional experience of dating into a very numb and robotic game. I’ve found myself mindlessly swiping through people without even looking at them. The sensation of matching with someone seems to create more of an endorphin boost than an actual opportunity for a true connection.

I’ll never forget when I matched with a guy and mentioned meeting up for dinner with him pretty quickly, trying to bypass the small talk and make something out of a match that seemed promising. He agreed, we set a time and location. The next morning, he was gone. He deleted our match and seeing as that was the only form of contact I had with him, there was no way of getting in touch to see what happened.

The experience stung, but a part of me accepted it because we hadn’t even met. How could I hold this guy accountable when he was only a picture on a screen?

I’ve gone on my fair share of actual dates through these apps too. I’ve even been in short-term relationships with some of the men I’ve meet. The large majority of the time the connection I thought I had with these guys online didn’t come through in person. If we did actually have something in common, there seemed to be a pressure to put a definition on whatever we had right away, which ended up scaring one of us away. When you make dating the primary focus of any activity, there’s an expectation of trust and vulnerability almost instantly. How can you put that kind of pressure on someone you barely know?

Having heard friends express similar frustrations, I know I’m not alone in my dating app woes. I even hear us wondering aloud if there is something wrong with us because of our lack of success.

 

The Solution

Having experienced Events & Adventures for the last six months, I honestly believe it’s not us but the online dating system that’s to blame. Unlike the forced nature of online dating, Events & Adventures creates an organic environment for members to have fun being themselves.

Are you filled with random facts or a board game connoisseur? You can guarantee there’s a trivia or game night coming up with Events & Adventures. More of a sports fan? Every club has at least one viewing party or pickup game on the books. Are you a whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, or adrenaline junkie—or do you want to be? Events & Adventures has you covered there, too.

And the best part? Other people are doing all of these things with you. You’ll be able to build connections with people that have similar interests and have the opportunity to see these same people on a weekly, or even daily basis, without having to plan the get togethers yourself.

All of the romantic relationships I’ve seen develop between Events & Adventures members have come out of the weeks and months they have spent together at Events & Adventures events. When people have the chance to develop friendships, those friendships turn into trust, and that trust can very easily blossom into something more substantial like commitment and love.

Our members have the chance to cultivate relationships with each other without having to worry about defining their experiences, romantic or otherwise, because that’s not what Events & Adventures is about. Our goal is to help people live a life they love, and that definition is different for everyone.

As a self-proclaimed wallflower, I’ve really had the chance to soak up all of the wonderful benefits Events & Adventures provides its members. In a world so fueled by instant gratification, Events & Adventures slows things down and gives its members the change to enjoy their lives with friends, new and old. So why keep staring at a dating app filled with what-ifs and maybes and come have some promised fun with Events and Adventures? You never know where it might lead until you give it a try!

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Rough Creek Lodge with Events & Adventures Dallas

Take a Trip to Rough Creek Lodge with Events & Adventures Dallas

Events & Adventures Dallas had the getaway of their lives at Rough Creek Lodge & Resort, a lodge nestled on 11,000 acres in the foothills of the picturesque Texas Hill Country. The upscale lodge was finely decorated with sophisticated fabric, furniture and artwork to create a feel of elegance for the members. The ranch also offered many fun activities and amenities for the guests that brought them together in an exciting new way.

There was plenty for the members to do at this amazing resort, keeping them busy the whole weekend. A few of the members’ favorite activities included rock climbing, horseback riding, archery, hiking the nature trail, fishing and the 650-foot zip line! There were also more relaxing things for members to do including a pool, spa and lazy river. Since this event took place during Easter weekend, members also had to chance to decorate Easter cookies and take pictures with an Easter bunny that was wandering around the lodge.

The event managers provided homemade meals for the members throughout the weekend, so they didn’t have to worry about a thing; they were well taken care of! The staff were very friendly and made sure that food and drinks were available around the clock. There were so many activities that the members didn’t even have time to do them all.

It was a great time for everyone to find common interests and enjoy an action-packed weekend together

Toward the end of the weekend, everyone gathered around a fire pit to wind down and get to know each other even more. The members roasted s’mores and reflected on their amazing time at the lodge. In the end, members agreed that spending Easter weekend in the Texas Hill Country was something they’d never forget. It’s not every day that you get to ride horses, rock climb, zip line and order lunch at the poolside all in one weekend.

The members’ time at Rough Creek Lodge & Resort was stress free, making for the perfect environment to meet new people. Enjoying the crazy events with each other brought the members closer together and encouraged them to come out of their shells. With Events & Adventures, members simply show up and have fun. Rough Creek Lodge was no exception! We’re excited to offer our members more exciting getaways just like this one, and we can’t wait to share their experiences with you.

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Neon Bowling & Pizza Party with Events & Adventures Dallas

Since lately it has been pretty cold here in Dallas, we decided to get out of the cold and rain for a different type of indoor event — neon bowling!  What is more fun than bowling in crazy colors with your friends and eating pizza for an entertaining Saturday evening.  Bowling is a great opportunity for new and existing members to meet up, have a blast, and maybe even meet someone they make a special connection with.

We had a great group of 40 people for this event, evenly split among women and men and divided up over eight lanes.  In fact, we had one whole end of the alley all to ourselves!  Members arrived early and got their fantastically designed bowling shoes, giving them a chance to mingle before our lanes were ready and the pizza and sodas arrived.  Before we split up the group across our eight lanes, the pizza made its appearance and was gone in no time.

Neon Bowling is a Fun Way to Compete

Then it was time for the action.  You could hear everyone cheering each other on when it was their turn to bowl. There was both some fun and some slightly serious competition between the bowlers at our lane and the bowlers at other lanes in our group. We were all having such an amazing time bowling and mingling and getting to know the new members that were here for their very first event.  It made for a great mid-month event for the beginning of the year!  You could definitely tell that Events & Adventures Dallas was making its presence known at the bowling alley that evening.

~ Erica P, Member since July 2015

indoor skydiving comfort zone

Get Outside Your Comfort Zone with E&A

One of the many things I love about Events & Adventures is the chance to go outside my comfort zone without having to put in too much effort to accomplish it.  We just went indoor skydiving. I don’t think I’d ever do that on my own. It sounded cool, but would I really do it? Would it be too hard?  With so many other members of Events & Adventures Dallas taking part in the event, I got up the courage to try it. Everyone was excited; some of us were nervous but others were super-pumped to give it a shot!

We had our private flying class and learned how to do it safely while having fun. The jokes in the room made us all more comfortable.  We geared up, and journeyed into the tunnel to wait our turn. I loved that everyone cheered for each other.  Watching others cemented in my mind that I can do this! We had someone taking photos outside the tunnel and I saw everyone smiling and hamming it up for the camera. Watching was almost as fun as flying. My favorite to watch was a member with brown braided pigtails with blue in them. They looked like they had their own flight plans!

I Found a New Comfort Zone — Floating in the Air!

When it was my turn, I fell into the air and felt it catch me and hold me up before the instructor directed me to the middle of the tunnel. I was there for one minute—but it felt like 10.  He gave me directions to improve the experience: legs straighter, arms lower, legs more bent, hands together, and relax.  It was hard, but exhilarating. As I stepped out of the wind tunnel into the seating area everyone clapped and told me how great I’d done. Then, we all got to do it a SECOND time!  Some of our group had the ‘high flyer’ option and the instructor took them up towards the top of the tunnel. I chickened out, but the ones that did it loved it.

When we all exited the wind tunnel area we had a great time talking about how we felt, how each other did and how everyone wants to do it again.  The comradery was the best part. I can actually enjoy getting out of my comfort zone while having other members there to support me. It’s great to feel welcome and supported by so many people that I hardly know. I plan on getting to know them all better!  No other singles club provides that kind of feeling of community like Events & Adventures!

~ Jacque in Dallas

Events and Adventures Dallas Singles Poker Crawl!

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FW Sundance Square Poker Crawl3

Events and Adventures Dallas Poker Crawl

A poker run on a motorcycle has 5 stops where everyone gets a card to make a poker hand. A pub crawl is on foot and hits several bars. Mix them together with a group of singles and you get an Events and Adventures poker crawl! We don’t have as many people with motorcycles as with feet, so we hit Sundance Square on Saturday night. We were ready to play a game of poker and check out some of the local pubs. We started with appetizers and our first card. You really have no idea how things are going to until the third card. Then you know if you are in it or just there for the pub crawl the rest of the night. We hit some really cool places. Really nice and even a dive bar. How many people can you fit in an elevator? By our 5th stop everyone was impatient to get their card to see if they could make a hand or draw. Whew! So we all know most people cheat and trade cards right? Hmmm . .Who has the worst hand? The best hand? High card draw wins! Congrats Tanya, your very first event and you won!   FW Sundance Square Poker Crawl4

Events and Adventures Dallas Tackles Lil Ninjas Obstacle Course!

obstacle course

We checked out Lil Ninjas obstacle course and dodgeball Saturday night. This place was technically built for kids, but it was a blast! Some of the more advanced elements of this obstacle course were hard- and impossible for many!  We were the guinea pigs for glow in the dark dodgeball. Those balls never seem to stay glowing so they are changing it to black light. We wore glow necklaces and laughed about the walls attacking us when we were certain weren’t anywhere near them. A few of us made it across the unstable ladder. I was surprised I was the first! Gotta be smarter than the ropes. J The curved wall was a dream for most but a few made it up there! Since it was just us and not open to kids we were allowed us to bring beverages of intellect which made everything even funnier.  Those that didn’t want to play just came and cheered and jeered those that accepted the challenge. It was a great change from the weekend bar scene. Don’t get me wrong, I love the dancing and parties we have but it was something new, unusual and totally fun!

He Pops The Question…..Another Happy Couple!

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I love these kinds of stories! Will joined E&A last February. On our Cinco de Mayo dinner cruise Marcia brought her friend Lenea as a guest. Will and Linda immediately hit it off. Lenea joined the group shortly thereafter and she and Will have been inseparable. They are even joining us on the New York trip this week! A little bird told me this trip was going to be something to remember forever and Lenea’s smile said it all. A formal engagement was coming. Well, that little bird wanted there to be a surprise for Lenea. This past Saturday Will and Lenea had a few friends over for a wine party. I was one of the lucky guests. When Will was thanking everyone for coming he dropped to one knee, whipped out a beautiful ring and asked Lenea to marry him. She of course said Yes! Congrats you two! We look forward to your nuptials next fall!

Jacque Event Manager Dallas

We Do The Coolest Things!

indoor sky diving

Last week an indoor skydiving facility opened here in DFW. There’s only a dozen around the world so we were thrilled to try it out. It’s the floating sensation like the free fall in skydiving, but it’s only a few feet off the ground and there’s a guy standing there making sure you are floating right and having a blast. The whole surface area and wind speed physics thing is amazing. A guy stands next to you while you are floating on air! They adjust the air speed for each person’s weight and skill level. We got to watch experienced jumpers and they do all kinds of tricks and spins. I had the best time! We had a few hesitant members come watch instead of jump and they are all going to try it next time. It’s not at all scary like jumping out of a plane. It’s awesome! After we grabbed lunch and we dished on how we felt we and the tricks we want to learn when we do it again. I am definitely hooked on indoor skydiving.

Jacque Event Manager Dallas

This Was My First Event!

Less than 24 hours ago, I attended my first Events and Adventures activity.
Being the adventurous sort, I dove head first into Trapeze class with about
18 other members. When I wasn’t perched on the edge of a 20ft high board
ready to swing in the air, I was sharing great conversations and admiring
others’ techniques with a crowd of well-wishers. We were all there to have
fun, and had a great time because of that fact. Everyone was friendly and
nice; making our circus lesson one of a kind. Together, we were all flying
high!

Cassie- New Member Dallas

Cross it off the Bucket List….Skydiving!

The E&A Skydive was amazing!  The 60 second free-fall full of spins and twists rivals no other thrill!  I even got to pull the rip cord for my chute … What a ride! Then gently float to the earth below with a few more spins … and the perfect landing … awesome hardly describes it!

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