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HarvardLunch a Nonromantic Matchmaking Service For Students

College Programs to Get Students Mingling — Love It or Leave It?

First, Columbia University was tempting students with a $500 prize for whoever could talk to the most people in one week, now a Harvard junior has launched a nonromantic, matchmaking service called

Harvard is the school that bore Facebook, so maybe it's onto something, but I've always thought of college as just as much of a social education as an academic one. Is it a sign of a larger problem if students have trouble making friends while surrounded by the most like-minded people they'll ever be around, or is anything that facilitates friendships, online or off, a good idea?

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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I don't think it's that bad of an idea at all. Face to face social interaction is taking a major blow with the increase of immediate response technology. I agree with katykat-- a push toward real social interaction is a good thing! Besides, even if you choose not to look into it very deeply, colleges are always doing silly fun things like this.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
i think its cute. great way to break the ice.
dexaholic dexaholic 6 years
I would love a program like this for 31 year olds :)
katykat1980 katykat1980 6 years
Too many people of the generation that's now in college only know how to communicate via text or email. Real face-to-face socializing is a necessary experience, and a push to do more of it is a great thing!
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
if you can't make friends in college, you can't make friends anywhere.
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