Two big things happen when you’re alone: You’ll find that you’re more likely to talk to people and people are more likely to talk to you.
When you’re with your friends it can be intimidating for someone to come up to you, but when you roll solo it’s easier for someone who might want to get to know you to make their move. If you're shy about going out alone, bring a book or a journal at first, and take small steps to get comfortable with the feeling.
I know it’s a scary thought — leaving your couch, taking off your sweatpants, putting your Netflix binging on pause, and going out to meet people — but that’s just how the world worked.
But considering how long the human race existed before the dawn of the Internet and online dating, it looks like meeting people in real life was actually working for them. I once signed up on OKCupid for a week to write a good reference for my friend Mattie (I don’t even know if they do that anymore) so he could seem intriguing to some guy he was stalking, but that was it.
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Once upon a time, in an age before the Internet, the only way to meet people was to leave your apartment and interact with humanity.
Consider handing them a piece of paper with your number before you get off the train. Consider volunteering for a cause you care about, and see who you meet.
I got a few messages that week and it confirmed that the online dating world probably wasn’t the best place for me. Here's are the 11 best places to meet people — IRL. So if a coworker invites you go to someplace else after Happy Hour, join them.
Every person I’ve ever dated, including the man I married, I met in real life. Even if you know, for a fact, that you will never date any of your coworkers (which is probably a good thing), you never know who they might ask, from outside the office, to tag along. I don’t mean inviting yourself to whatever events aren’t “public,” but if you see that one of your Facebook friends is going to an art exhibit opening or a reading at the local bookstore, RSVP and go.
Whether it was a bar, work (yes, bad idea, I know), or at one of the many media events that I used to frequent back in my social days (I’m exhausted just thinking about it! It's a great way to find out what's going on and to get slightly outside your comfort zone, without having to show up somewhere completely alone. Getting up and going out, especially this time of year, seems like cruel and unusual punishment, but if you’re going to meet someone IRL, you have to venture out into the real world.
Expanding our social circle, or at the very least, keeping it intact, is very important when you're trying to meet someone.