World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Singles event

A singles event is an activity or program made available specifically to the romantically unattached, often with the underlying or explicit purpose of fostering dating or relationships among attendees.


  • Logistics 1
  • Praise 2
  • Criticisms 3
    • General 3.1
    • Meet/meat market 3.2
    • Naming and 'Young Professionals' events 3.3
  • References 4


Singles events are frequently run by organizations focused on building stability in their areas, such as religious organizations[1] and community groups.[2]

Some local businesses, sports teams, and cultural establishment also hold singles events.[3][4]

The themes of singles events can cover a broad spectrum.[5] These can include, for example, ski trips, Academy Award viewing parties, dinners, holiday parties, art gallery visits, and Valentine's Day mixers.[5]

Some of the most strongly attended such events are the Christmas Eve parties targeted at young Jewish singles in major cities in North America, particularly the Matzo Ball and its large city competitors.[6]

Singles events have been an area of particular growth in singles-related commerce.[7]


Singles events have been praised as "ideal settings for meeting people" because attendees are ostensibly present to meet someone and are open to the idea of becoming romantically attached.[1]



The attendees of singles events have been criticized as "needy folks without a lot to offer".[8] Dating via religious-sponsored singles events has been criticized for fostering invasion of daters' privacy and undue expectations.[9] Sex ratios of singles events have been criticized, with many either having too many women or too many men depending on location or targeted race, age, and income groups. As a result many events often have a policy to even out sex ratios before the event starts.[9]

Meet/meat market

Singles events, including those organized by religious organizations, have been criticized for frequently being meet/meat markets[10][11]—places where attendees are rapidly sizing up members of the opposite sex with objectifying criteria, such as attractiveness, wealth, and fashion sense, before taking the time to get to know attendees on a deeper level.[12]

By the 1970s, singles events had developed a reputation as a "ritual of lies and mistrust", replete with men in search of casual sex, cold and unfriendly women, and frequent misunderstandings.[13][14]

The nature of meet markets has changed dramatically since the 1980s, becoming more inviting, and the term itself has largely become value neutral or positive.[15]

Naming and 'Young Professionals' events

The stigma that developed in the 1970s around singles events led some organizations to switch to the euphemism "[18])


  1. ^ a b , 2009, p. 180How to win the love you want: effective techniques and tactics for finding and keeping the one you loveThomas McKnight and Robert Phillips,
  2. ^ , 1994, p. 57Men: the handbookMindi Rudan,
  3. ^ , 1986, p. 54Cash In!: Funding and Promoting the ArtsAlvin H. Reiss,
  4. ^ , Washington Post, December 12, 2004On Singles Night, the Spectators Are the PlayersTeresa Wiltz,
  5. ^ a b , 2005, p. 126Smart Man Hunting: The Fast Track Dating Guide for Finding Mr. RightLiz H. Kelly,
  6. ^ , Associated Press (Washington Post), December 24, 2006Dec. 24 Becomes Party Night for Jewish SinglesJessica Gresko,
  7. ^ , p. 59 (2003)Guy Gets Girl, Girl Gets Guy: Where to Find Romance and What to Say When You Find ItLarry Glanz and Robert H. Phillips,
  8. ^ , 1999, p. 99A Man's Field Guide to DatingRobert A. Wray,
  9. ^ a b , p. 113 (2003)Confessions of an ex-bachelorWilliam July, II,
  10. ^ , 2008, p. 46Where Have All the Good Men Gone?A. J. Kiesling,
  11. ^ , 2006, p. 118Passing on the faith: transforming traditions for the next generation of Jews, Christians, and MuslimsJames Heft,
  12. ^ , 1989, p. 36American ritual dramas: social rules and cultural meaningsMary Jo Deegan,
  13. ^ , Human Behavior, vol. 7, 1978The Singles Dance: A ritual of lies and mistrust
  14. ^ a b , Social Problems, vol. 24, 1976, pp. 500, 532Face-Saving at the Singles DanceBernard Berk,
  15. ^ , 2006, pp. 16, 51How to Behave Dating And Sex: A Guide to Modern Manners for the Socially ChallengedCaroline Tiger,
  16. ^ , 2002, p. 57The new rabbi: a congregation searches for its leaderStephen Fried,
  17. ^ , Union of American Hebrew Congregations, ed., 1997, p. 81Engaging Generation Aleph: A Resource for Young Adults in the Synagogue
  18. ^ , Union of American Hebrew Congregations, ed., 1997, p. 96Engaging Generation Aleph: A Resource for Young Adults in the Synagogue
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.