I've surprisingly had the most success while traveling and meeting up with friends from years ago.
My two most meaningful connections with women I dated happened with old friends; in fact, I'm currently trying a long-distance thing with a girl I knew in college, and it's going really well.
As efficient as some dating apps are — I mean, you can message someone one minute and literally be out on a date with them the next!
— going to a friend's birthday party and hitting it off with somebody IRL is even more so.
Being in a group setting with friends who also share these interests has helped a lot in the past, too, since it makes it a lot easier to talk.Not to mention that dating apps are often a dating Band-Aid or crutch for people, I think. Recently at a restaurant, I started talking to two guys at the table next to me (one was reading a book and had a Powell's City of Books bookmark — I love that indie bookstore in Portland! Somehow, dating apps came up and they said they had deleted theirs, since having apps made them approach women less in person, "because we can just go home and swipe later." So, they said their luck was much better IRL when they didn't have the apps to rely on as a back-up. All the above said, here's how 18 Millennials continually find dates IRL.You may be able to relate, or you may get ideas on new places to meet people."Mostly, not being on a dating app has to do with privacy and being happy every day with life as it is. But, that's not true, as I'm sure you and I both know people (perhaps yourself! Though being on dating apps may seem like the norm, that's not the case with everybody — people meet partners in real life all the time.For instance, I did Appless April, Bustle's challenge to take delete your dating apps for a month and ended up loving it.Online dating sites are appealing because there's not as much stress as talking in person, but it's difficult to gauge the measure of compatibility through a screen that you can get from having a really good conversation with someone about something you like.It's nice to be able to go to a place where I can meet a lot of people I have stuff in common with.""I'm in NYC and I'm no longer on dating apps for the simple reason that I don't get any dates out of them. I meet them all over the place — at bars, parties, dating events like Social Concierge, etc.Louis, Anime Midwest, a Sci-Fi convention called Archon, and I've been to a couple Comic-Cons before.I do cosplay at Anime conventions when I go, and a lot of the times it's group cosplays with my friends or people I know.I should note, both times I've encountered a connection, these girls and I had stopped speaking for years.Nothing happened, just different cities and lifestyles causes people to grow apart — I found that girl Dating someone you've known for years has the advantage of skipping over the initial small talk of meeting people, which is honestly the worst part of dating next to meeting new people.