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NEW YORK CITY — When Erica Horning, 26, walked along a Midtown street, she found herself locking eyes with a beautiful stranger — a tall man with olive skin and green eyes dressed in skinny jeans, combat boots and a T-shirt. The man ran over to her, started up a conversation and got her number.
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Now there are more than 2,100."If you go to a face-to-face event, you may or may not meet the love of your life, you may not even get a date," he said.
"But at least you meet people."At the singles events Siegel also offers a sympathetic ear for online dating horror stories about the rude behavior of many online daters and the digital mechanisms that allow for a "shopping cart mentality." At an in-person event "people will at least talk to you" rather than email you a few times and then disappear, he said.
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Media headlines and blogs might herald the popularity of online dating, but there are many who keep their love life offline or have returned from the digital world exhausted and burned by smartphone apps and websites that promised a soul mate."The expectation is just a 20-minute coffee or drink, just to figure out if you have that chemistry that you obviously can't feel through a profile."And as apps like Tinder are changing up the virtual meeting landscape, longtime online dating sites are beefing up their get-offline-and-meet efforts.Over the past two years, sites like Ok Cupid and have added meet-in-person events, like beer tastings, trivia nights, or simply co-opting a bar space for drinking.Milton Siegel runs five of dozens of singles groups in New York that are listed on Meet Up.com, including one called "Sick of Online Dating."He has also seen an increase in people joining his groups in recent years.The group "NYC Speed Dating and Singles Events" had 600 members when Siegel took it over in 2012.
While it is difficult to know how many New Yorkers are keeping their search offline, a 2013 Pew Research Center study found that only 38 percent of single and searching Americans have used an online service.