socializing part II
The reason why I think that singles who aren't Chareidi should make an effort to mingle with members of the opposite sex is because once you reach the age of 25, it is presumed that you have enough maturity and life experience to be an adult and a future partner. Maybe the ladies in Rogers Park do not have that maturity. However, in New York, they do (or at least in Washington Heights and the Upper West Side). I don't know other cities on the East Coast such as Baltimore and Boston, but I imagine that it isn't as pitiful as Chicago.
Some of guys work in downtown corporate environments where we work with other unmarried women who are either a) Non-Jewish or b) assimilated Jews who don't do a lot Jewishly other than Rosh Hashana and Hanukkah.
However, the more one is exposed to them, the greater the temptation it is to flirt with a member of the opposite sex, regardless of whether she fits into ones lifestyle.
Moreover, here's a question for all of you wonderful single women of West Rogers Park and Flatbush types: Besides hanging out with your married friends and family members, what else do you do for "fun or entertainment" when it isn't shabbos or Yom Tov or someones simcha?
I would love to hear your answers.
btw, if anyone in Lakeview has any good answers to these questions, you are free to let me know.