If you’re a young singleton on the prowl (or an old one, for that matter), you might think of booking your flight from LAX to JFK and not LHR.
For, according to citisocializer (which yes, likes to start with a small “c”), 75 percent of young urbanites in New York find it difficult to “meet someone” as compared to 80 percent of their Blighty counterparts.
I don’t know about you, but those numbers seem tragic for both cities, if they are actually accurate.
Coincidentally, this week debuts ABC’s “Manhattan Love Story”, a sitcom that might have some legs, especially for those of us who’ve fallen in love on the Upper East or West Side or stumbled through Washington Square Park or out of a PATH train intoxicated by our latest romance.
Anyway, citisocializer promises on its website that from, “Nightclubs to Museums we have it covered: meet new people, explore your city and join a thriving community.”
Sounds good. So what else do they have to say?
British-based Sanchita Saha, CEO and Founder of citysocializer, praises New York, not coincidentally the company’s new market:
New York presents a major growth opportunity for citysocializer. It was the obvious choice for our first international service because of the similarities with London – a thriving melting pot with innumerable and diverse social experiences to enjoy and a large and growing market of visitors, newcomers and locals who welcome the opportunity to connect with others to explore and enjoy the city with.
We’ve seen a 50 percent organic month on month growth in signups in New York since we first opened up the platform here, with engagement rates of over 38 percent. With such positive early results and feedback we have high expectations for making a significant social impact on the city.”
According to citisocial, when signeruppers were asked if they wished they could go out with friends more than they did right now, 98 percent in New York answered Yes compared to 85 percent in London, although the actual number of times those surveyed go out with friends each week is the same in both cities. (Note: I’ve found that in London, at least on the Tube, people are more engaged by their books. Maybe Londoners are home reading after hitting the pubs??)
Thirty-five percent of New Yorkers feel that having more money would make their lives better, compared to 29 percent in London, with almost half of those questioned in London putting “more friends” at the top of their list — before money or time — compared to 43 percent in New York.
Well, in the interests of journalistic research I had to key in my own particulars in order to see what the site’s all about. It does indeed look like a smart way to try and meet new friends. I am not sure about the demographics, but I would gander on first blush that I’m one of the oldsters on the site.
It was free to sign up and check things out, sign up for local events, but more if I want to take this further (much in the way Match.com or eHarmony are, for example.) I love the idea that in a world where singles now outnumber marrieds, at least in the US, we can socialize without the dreaded “R” word hanging over our martinis.
Full membership starts from £12.99 a month, the site says. If you want to translate that into US dollars, visit one of the conversion sites such as Bloomberg’s: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies/currency-converter/. (Okay, right now that’s about $21.00.)
Happy socializing when in the Big Apple.