Googling “meetup” yields troves of listings for things to do with other people; hundreds of Meetup groups all over Connecticut have formed around interests as diverse as hiking, biking, bowling and bucket lists (bucketlistbunch.com).
Meetup pages provide detailed information about the events they promote—and give you a sense as to who else might attend.
Many include photo galleries featuring pictures taken at past events.
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I eagerly accepted the assignment to write this “insider’s guide” to being single in Connecticut.
I figured I’d solicit tips from my friends and colleagues, ask for input via Twitter and Facebook, and my story would practically write itself. For a pathetic moment, I wondered whether that’s in a nutshell what single life is all about.
Sitting home alone with my computer and silent phone, waiting.
Then I realized that I had to get out there and make more of an effort.
When I became more resourceful and less passive in my search, I found all kinds of places to go, people to meet, things to do.
Lesson learned: Single or not, when you’re looking to connect with other people, you can’t just sit back and wait for someone to contact you. census, 28.5 percent of females over age 15 in Connecticut and 34.2 percent of males over 15 have never been married; another 11.4 percent of women and 8.5 percent of men are listed as divorced.
Once I figured that out, being single in Connecticut started to seem like a lot of fun. Even if you discount those youngsters between 15 and 18 whom the census oddly includes in its tallies, those numbers add up to hundreds of thousands of single people living in the state (whose total population is 3,574,097).
The census doesn’t reveal whether those single folks are seeking to meet a mate or are single by choice.
But other sources suggest people are choosing to remain single in droves these days.
In his much-talked-about book (The Penguin Press, 2012) sociologist Eric Klinenberg documents a trend in which people are increasingly opting to, well, go solo through life.
Klinenberg, whose book is subtitled "The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone," explains that rather than fueling isolation and loneliness, many single people these days are crafting highly satisfying lives, creating human connections in ways that married people may not, and building strong communities through those connections.