First-Date Package with Group Matchmaker Meeting for One or Two from The Dating Ring (Up to 61% Off)

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Choose Between Two Options

  • $19 for a first-date package for one ($45 value)
  • $35 for a first-date package for two ($90 value)

Both packages include two reservations in a group matchmaker meeting, and two reservations on separate group dates. You can read more about the questionnaire, the process, and FAQs here, or you can check out The Dating Ring's profile in Business Insider.

The Science of First Impressions: What’s It to You?

When meeting someone new, it only takes your brain a few seconds to construct a first impression. Read on to learn what happens during that brief but crucial moment.

First impressions are immediate and instinctual—a gut reaction that tells us whom to trust and whom to send down the trapdoor under their feet. But as the brain shows, when we meet someone for the first time, we assign value to that person based on our own preferences and experiences, making for a unique, intimate connection that might explain the eternal mystery of "love at first sight."

As it happens in the brain, formulating a first impression is a joint effort carried out by the amygdala and posterior cingulate cortex. The amygdala receives and processes information from all the senses, and the posterior cingulate cortex houses autobiographical memory, regulating how we act based on what think of ourselves and how we fit into the world. Together, the regions read sensory information and filter it through our own subjective lens.

Does Confidence Matter?

In social terms, the science of first impressions is less clear. Popular opinion holds that confidence is the most important way to give off a good impression. But as Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist at Harvard Business School, told Wired, the two things we evaluate first are trustworthiness and competence. In other words, coming across as honest and capable is far more important than simply exuding confidence—which is why, for instance, letting others speak first tends to work better than steamrollering a conversation.

Either way, the importance of a first impression can't be understated. As relationships develop, we seek out information—what a person says, does, and wears—to revise our initial opinion, but in fact, we often gloss over evidence that could overturn that all-important first impression. This phenomenon, called confirmation bias, is what inspires the old saying: you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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    The Dating Ring

    Lower East Side

    Manhattan, New York 10003

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  2. 2

    Essex

    120 Essex St.

    New York, New York 10002

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  3. 3

    The Immigrant

    341 E 9th St.

    New York, New York 10003

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In a Nutshell

Hand-selected groups based on an initial matchmaker meeting meet for first-date drinks

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Registration required; email for exact location. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Men must be between 21-38 years old and women between 21-32 years old. Merchant has the right to deny service to individuals at merchant's discretion; full refund will be allowed. Grouopon will be redeemed at one of the 3 locations or at a location right next to those three. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.