They’re tired of dating apps or refusing to use them in general.” And then there’s the fact that it can feel so impersonal.“People treat each other like you wouldn’t face to face,” Yarbrough says.“There’s a lot of misplaced emotion.” Take, for example, Yarbrough’s boyfriend.
“It’s easy to forget how certain traits and qualities make you feel in real life,” she says. By inviting members to events that might align with their interests — such as whiskey tastings or intimate dinners — Yarbrough is trying to create connections that feel more natural than a dating app.
And though the events, with to entrance fees, are specifically for singles ages 22 to 36, they lack the meat-market atmosphere of a speed-dating event or a club.
It’s more like a party where everyone just happens to be single.
Mason, a 29-year-old software account executive, heard about the Offline Society by way of her new friend Paris Scott, who’s so over online dating.
“This” is the one-year anniversary party of the Offline Society, a D. social club that’s all about getting singles off their phones and connecting in person.
“When you go to bars, you’re beholden to the regular crowd,” she says. Now it’s a hip spot to host a party, complete with twinkle lights and GIF-making photo booth. On a sweltering Tuesday night, she chooses the latter. Whereas here, everyone’s here for this.” “Here” is a warehouse space on Hanover Place NW, a dead-end street in Truxton Circle that used to be an open-air drug market in the 1980s. Or she could go to a private party where she knows everyone there will be single.“I sent out 10 messages on Bumble today, and got like two back,” Scott says, referring to the dating app where women have to make the first move. “I’ve been on all the other dating apps,” she says. ” She hasn’t made any love connections through the club’s parties, but one of her friends did. It’s a lot of work for connections that often don’t stick.There are so many ways to meet someone and yet so much malaise. This is the problem Rebecca Yarbrough, the 29-year-old founder of the Offline Society, is trying to solve.“People use technology so much, but there’s fatigue with it.