Dating in 2016

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Being single when everyone is getting married and having kids can feel a little like being the last girl to get asked to dance at the party. But not to worry, there are plenty of others in the same situation. Question is, how do you meet these other single people? Do they magically fall in front of you? It would be nice, but not likely. So let’s take a look at what’s new, what’s the same, and what you need to do to get back into the game.

 

Online dating

The stigma around internet dating has been lifted over the past few years as more and more people are turning to technology to meet their mate. Dating apps make meeting people as simple as a swipe of your finger. But with so many, which one is for you? Some of the most popular are OkCupid, Tinder, and Bumble. OkCupid is free and doesn’t require you to login through Facebook, Tinder is the most popular and reputable of the apps. And with Bumble, women must make the first move and initiate communication. Depending on what you’re looking for, any of those can be good solutions.

 

Social activity clubs

If you aren’t so technologically inclined, there are still plenty of new ways to meet people. Social activity clubs let groups of strangers meet and do fun activities together. They are often less pressure packed than dating events and let you be yourself around other singles, allowing the spark ignite organically. There are groups for all kinds of activities, so whether you’re a jogger, hiker, or softball star there’s a group out there for you.

 

Meeting organically

The “old-fashioned” ways of meeting people are tried and true for a reason: they work. It may seem difficult as more and more of the social experience goes online, but striking up a conversation at work, gym, or a party is still a great way to find that special someone. This often works because you’re likely to have shared interests and values with who you meet at work or through friends. This common ground can be a great place for a romantic relationship to blossom.

 

Getting started

So what now? Whether you’re going to stick with more of a traditional route or try online dating, the key is putting yourself out there. Being open to new types of people, friendly, and engaging will go a long way. Just remember to keep your head up and don’t get discouraged. There’s someone out there for everyone, some just take longer to find and are worth it in the end.

 

These are our tips for dating in 2016, let’s hear yours!