Now that there’s a dating app for everything (FarmersOnly.com, anyone?) it can feel like meeting people organically just doesn’t happen anymore. But after five years of Tinder, which marks its anniversary Tuesday, online daters are still the minority. It’s most popular among 18- to 24-year-olds, and only 27 percent of them use it, according to a 2016 study from Pew Research Center.
If you want to meet someone “in the wild,” putting some effort into making that introduction happen and not just hoping for a chance encounter is key. Here are a few tips:
Sign up for an (ideally new) activity
“I ask my clients, ‘What does your day-to-day look like?’ And most of them say they go home, they go to work, they go to the gym,” said Maria Avgitidis, founder of Agape Match. “And as a result, they’re just going to be meeting the same kind of people over and over again.”
If you want to meet someone organically, increase the chances of it actually happening by going to places that open you up to meeting people with shared interests, such as the dog park, church groups or an acting class.
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