It can't hurt to know more about your date than what they are willing to put on their profile. That way, you're in a group, so there's less pressure, and new people often attend. That fierce commitment makes it hard to walk away if the relationship isn't right for you.
I've only been alive a little longer than they've been married, but never felt the draw to use an online or app based dating service. I attend a book club and writing class, and have met people that way. For instance, I did Appless April , Bustle's challenge to take delete your dating apps for a month and ended up loving it.
Don't put too much stock or time or effort into online chemistry It's tempting to get your hopes up when you start chatting with a match and find a text-message-meet-cute straight out of a rom-com.