When you’re looking for a date as a teenager or a young adult, it isn’t all that difficult for a lot of people. At school or university, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people that you meet and interact with every day. There is no time in your life when it will be easier to meet potential dates or make some real relationships.
However, once you become an adult and graduate from school, a lot of people find that it becomes a lot more difficult and stressful to meet people to date. Thanks to busier schedules, smaller social circles, and at the moment, a pandemic, you just don’t meet as many people. Luckily, it isn’t impossible to meet people that you might be interested in dating if you know where to look. There are lots of potential places that are good to meet would-be dates as an adult, as well as trying things like online dating and speed dating.
Take Up a Hobby
If you find that you are having a hard time meeting people, one of the best things that you can do is to take up a hobby that requires you to be around other people. This could be joining the gym, playing a new sport on a team, taking an evening class in a language, or anything else that you can think of that will mean you meet people. Doing this will not only teach you something new but will also help you to get out of your shell a bit. You can meet people who share your interests too.
If you already have a lot of hobbies, this is great, but you should find a way to join up with other people who also enjoy these hobbies. For example, you could start a book club or a running club, or join one that already exists in your area. To put it simply, the more people that you can meet who enjoy some of the same things that you enjoy, the higher your chances will be of finding someone that you could possibly want to date.
Volunteering is something that everyone should do at least a little bit in their lives. Volunteering is a good way to help those in need and introduces you to a community of people who want to help other people. You could decide to volunteer at a local soup kitchen, a senior citizen’s home or an animal shelter. By doing this, you are likely to not only feel good about yourself for doing a good deed for other people but will also be able to meet new friends or a potential date. Doing this should be easy to do.
Getting a date should not of course be your main reason for choosing to volunteer, but it could potentially be a good way to meet someone new who shares similar values to you. It could be an added bonus to doing something good for others. At worst, you will be able to meet some nice, community-minded people who could be a great addition to your existing friendship group.
Look For Local Events in the City
Thanks to Facebook, other social media platforms, and apps, it is now easier than ever to always be in the know when it comes to the types of things that are happening in and around your city or other local area. No matter what season it is, there is probably something happening almost every week that you could be a part of and use as a way to meet new people, and some potential dates.
You shouldn’t invite yourself to every event that you can find, or try to be at every single one. Doing too much will just tire you out and make you feel burned out. However, attending some new events that you might have never come across before is a good way to live a little outside of your comfort zone and meet some new people. You could go to concerts, fairs, or markets. Just make sure you talk to new people and don’t just go with friends and only talk to them. Remember that your goal is to meet new people.
Join a Singles or Friendship Club
While clubs like that might not exist in some smaller communities, a lot of larger cities and towns will have singles clubs or meetup groups that people can join on their own. These can be great ways to meet other people who are also looking to meet new people. There are platforms like Meetup, that help lots of people to meet other people, whether for friendships or something more. Because the focus is on friendship, there is less pressure than dating apps, and it can be a good way to meet new people if you’ve moved to a new area for work.
The best thing about these groups is that there is no sort of requirement that you join these groups looking for romance, so there should be no pressure for you to meet someone right away. You can go to these events, meet new people, make a lot of new friends, and then potentially meet someone that you want to date for a while.
A lot of people don’t like the idea of online dating, and much prefer to meet people in person, in the ‘old-fashioned’ way. Whether you’ve moved to a new area, work long hours, or have other challenges that make it hard for you to meet people, there are plenty of good ways to meet people, without turning to the dating apps. Even if you don’t meet a potential romantic match, these suggestions are good ways to get out of your comfort zone, try new things, have fun, make you feel good about yourself, and meet some potential new friends. If love comes along too from trying these new things, that’s just an added bonus to all the other benefits you will be getting from challenging yourself.