It’s a common phenomenon that, once a couple settles into the joys of relationshipped life, hanging out with friends takes on a totally new dynamic. Whether you’re a guy or a gal, hanging out with your single friends as a couple becomes weird and oddly unsatisfying. And, in turn, your single friends end up feeling like the third wheel on your love bike when you, newly coupled, spend time with them. Suddenly, their most-colorful of dating stories seem weirdly inappropriate conversation topics and stories of your couple adventures don’t burn quite as brightly as when you tell them to your coupled friends.
In short, both singles and couples often find themselves spending time hanging out with their own kind than crossing the relationship-status divide. It seems, wherever you are in your romantic journey, most folks prefer either singles’ night or double date as their social situation of choice. But how can you easily find one? While it seems couples seem to gravitate toward other couples, it’s not always easy to find couple friends that you both get along with. And, just like dating, finding a couple that meshes well with the both of you can take some trial and error.
It’s worth starting the double date search by taking notice of the people in relationships that you already know. If you get along with someone who you know to be in a relationship, you’re already half-way down the road of finding a double date. It might be worth asking them if they and their partner might like to get a drink or join you at an event you’ve got plans to attend. Just like dating, committing to a full-on dinner might be a bit premature. Instead, take it slow and keep exploring the edges of your social circle and soon you’ll have plenty of couple friends to double-up on fun activities with you and your partner.
Alex Shapiro is the PR manager for Zoosk and has been on a number of fun double dates.
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