Are you fed up with messaging someone behind a screen? Are you sick of talking to someone for a few weeks and never speaking again? Or meeting them IRL and realising you have nothing in common? Well, with this article you will be able to explore how to find a date offline!
Online dating through apps like Tinder, has made it easier for us to get to know people in the comfort of our own homes. However, due to a large number of choices on dating apps, online dating can become overwhelming (the incessant swiping becomes tiring). It is a struggle to find the right person for you. Also, many find the online dating process tedious and would prefer to meet someone organically in real life. Finding a date offline sounds unheard of in this increasingly digital age, however, it is possible. Continue reading to learn how to find a date offline!
Find a hobby
University is an ideal place to find a date offline. The wide option of societies allows you to explore hobbies which gives you a great opportunity to find a date offline. Visit your society fair and look on your student union website to find different societies available to you. By exploring different societies and finding a hobby, you may find someone who shares the same interest as you. Finding someone with a shared hobby is the perfect way to find a date offline. By doing so, you have already 1) found someone with a common interest, 2) this gives you something to talk about and 3) you can share experiences with one another. This gives you an opportunity to get to know someone whilst doing an activity you enjoy.
Talk to people on your course
This is the perfect way to meet people that you may be interested in going out on a date. Although it may sound unrealistic to meet a date at your seminars and lectures, by attending, you have already increased your chances of finding a date offline! The goal is to interact with people in real life. So, being on the same course, provides you with a gateway to meeting people who share similar interests to you.
If someone catches your eye, talk to them. Ask them questions about the course e.g. why they chose the course, how are they finding it etc. Talking about your course is the perfect icebreaker. You could even suggest studying together and seeing how that goes before you consider asking them out. Getting to know people around you is the perfect opportunity to find a date offline. Read our guide, if you are struggling with the social side of things at uni.
This can range from going to the shops, to the club or even something fun like indoor mini-golf with your friends. Going to social events is the perfect place to find a date offline as people are more willing to socialise and interact with one another. Go to clubs, bars and other social events that your university has to offer. A fun game that you and your friends can play to find dates offline is setting each other goals when you go out. This can range from getting someone’s number to buying someone a drink. The aim is to step out of your comfort zone and find a date offline, whilst having fun with your friends. Also, when you go out, it is likely that someone will approach you and flirt with you. This gives you the chance to get to know them and potentially go on a date with them.
In my opinion, the best avenue to find a date offline is through a friend of a friend. Ask your friends to introduce you to their friends. Also, if you see someone that you are interested in and they have a mutual friend, tell your friend to put a good word in for you and to introduce you to one another. Your friends know you well and should have a good idea of the perfect date for you. Most importantly, friends should have your best interest at heart. The fact that this potential date shares a mutual friend with you, indicates that they have good traits and your friends’ stamp of approval. In addition, having your friend there eases the nerves of finding a date offline.
The best advice is to be confident! It is nerve-wracking to go up to someone in person. People have become increasingly used to the layer of protection that a screen provides you with through online dating. Finding a date offline means you are more exposed. This may sound scary but, it is good to put yourself out there. If you find someone attractive, speak to them and ask for their number. If you don’t speak to people, in order to find a date offline, you will never get over the fear of rejection.
Dating is supposed to be fun!
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t find a date offline straight away. The whole point of dating offline is to get to know people by building connections that are passed surface level. Dating won’t be perfect. We’ve all seen Tinder Swindler and you probably already have your fair share of dating horror stories but, don’t let that deter you from finding a date. Regarding dating, there is no one size fits all which means you set boundaries and goals for yourself. Finding a date offline takes time so, do it at your own pace and only do what you are comfortable with. In addition, don’t base your worth on your dating successes. Dating should come naturally and, hopefully, with these tips you can find a date offline! Read on for inspiration on where to go when you bag that hot date!