Do you know that in an age before the Internet, the only way to meet new people was to leave your apartment and interact with humanity. Considering how long the human race existed before the Internet and online dating, it looks like meeting people in real life was actually working for them.
Here are the 10 best places to meet new people In Real Life.
1. Never Skip Work Happy Hour
Even if you know, for a fact, that you will never date any of your coworkers, you never know who they might ask, from outside the office, to join them. They might have a cute buddy. So if a coworker invites you go to someplace else after Happy Hour, join them.
2. Check Out What Events Your Friends Are Attending On Facebook and Go
If you see that one of your Facebook friends is going to an art exhibition opening or a reading at the local bookstore, go there. 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.
3. Always Go To Friends’ Birthday Parties
Getting up and going out seems like cruel and unusual punishment, but if you’re going to meet new people, you have to venture out into the real world. Expanding our social circle is very important when you’re trying to meet someone.
4. Take Public Transportation To Work
Subway is an oyster of attractive people who may be your ideal match. Next time you see a hot person reading a book you love, consider striking up a conversation with them about it. Sure, it’s brave — but it’s also a thrill.
5. Volunteer Your Time
Volunteering is awesome in more ways than one. For starters, you’re giving back, and secondly, you’re putting yourself in a group of like minded individuals who, like you, are obviously saints. Consider volunteering for a cause you care about, and see who you meet. At the very least, you’ll make friends.
6. Don’t Close Yourself Off To Talking With Strangers
Sometimes when you give strangers the opportunity to talk to you, they can actually be cool. Of course, you need to be safe — but sometimes, rape culture has made us believe we’re always in danger, when in reality, we might actually sometimes enjoy the thrill of talking to a stranger.
7. Take A Class
Even if you haven’t been in school in years, you can always learn something new. Sign up for cooking class, a pottery class, or finally learn how to scuba dive. Remember how it was so easy to meet new people when you were in school? You can do that again.
8. Agree To Be Set Up
If a friend wants to set you up on a date, do it. Your friends know you well enough to know what type of person will click with you. This is your best case scenario for meeting people, so don’t roll your eyes at it.
9. Become a Regular Somewhere
There’s something about being a fixture in someplace you’re comfortable that gives you the confidence to talk to people. Find your favorite cafe, bar, bookstore, restaurant, or place to listen to live music and see how it feels to become a regular.
10. Do More Things Alone
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 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. Consider trying not to look at your phone all night, and see what happens.