Recreational outfits make it easy to form new connections because individuals can sign up and be assigned to a team without needing to know anyone.
For the cost of a Yankees ticket (or less), you and your friends can each grab a multigame package featuring up to 13 MLB minor-league affiliates.
And they tended to spend the majority of their time in five or fewer places. In the United States, there's an average of only seven single women between the ages of 20 and 44 per square mile.
Now consider your "spots," the places you usually go despite the presence of equivalent alternatives: your Starbucks, your bank branch, your dry cleaner, your gym, your grocery store.
It's in their heads that these bars and clubs are "teeming with anonymous females who are dying to have sex with any guy who is confident enough to talk to them." The reality is that less than 6 percent of women report having had sex with their partners within 2 days or less of meeting them, and less than 20 percent of adults say they first met their most recent sexual partner in a bar.
It's what social-network theorists call "the strength of weak ties," and the greater the number of unique casual connections you have, the better positioned you are to benefit.
And if Tom also knows Susan, Heather, and Kimberly . In fact, our close social networks have shrunk by almost a third since 1985.
But it's not just the friend famine that's starving our sex lives. "In a tightly knit group, you know the same people," says Parks.
The saddest thing you will ever see in a bar is the lights on at closing time. Perhaps it's the nasty stigma of nightlife: A survey of 1,034 women by Strategy One, a market research agency, reveals that nearly one in four women would be embarrassed to admit that she met a mate in a bar.
It's the moment you realize that although you've been bankrolling her martinis since midnight, she won't be going home with you. (But just incase you take home the girl of your dreams this weekend, make sure you know how to blow her mind in bed.)So why does the alcohol-soaked pick-up scene still exist?