Six ways to meet someone without swiping right
Looking for a new relationship can be tricky. Maybe you enjoy being single, or maybe you’re looking for someone new to date. But finding people you want to date can be intimidating, and sometimes seems impossible.
Thanks to our love of smartphones, Tinder has become a popular way to meet people. Tinder can work for a lot of people. But it’s not for everyone. A lot of the time the people on Tinder are just looking to hook up. So it depends what you’re looking for. It has also raised the age limit for its users, so it’s no longer an option for under-18s.
That being said, there are lots of other ways to meet someone new that are based on shared interests, personality, and attraction.
Start a New Activity
One of the best ways to meet new people is through joining a new club, team, or course. Not only will you be interacting with new people, but you’ll also have something in common. This is a great way to find people who will want to talk about things you’re interested in. It also takes pressure off, since you already have an excuse to meet up and learn more about the other person. Joining a sports team, dance class, or learning a new language could be a great way to meet new people.
Hang Out with Multiple Groups of Friends
Another way to meet new people is through mutual friends. Chances are you’ll already have things in common, plus the people you’re meeting are likely to be trustworthy. By spending time with multiple groups of friends, you’ll start meeting new people really quickly in a safe, friendly way. Just like joining a club, there won’t be any pressure to make a decision about how you feel about the other person until you’re ready to.
At a Coffee Shop
Sometimes people come into your life unexpectedly. Becoming a regular at a local coffee shop or restaurant will slowly help you meet new people. A lot of people have their favorite coffee shop they go to almost daily to do work or relax. By spending some of your free time there, you might end up meeting someone you hit it off with.
At the Gym
Going to the gym can be a great way to blow off some steam or exercise, but it can also introduce you to new people. Whether you join an exercise class or just do an individual workout, you could end up having a regular spotter or running buddy. However, be aware of other people’s motivations — not everybody at the gym will be open to meeting people.
Spotafriend is a new app that has come out since Tinder raised its age limit. The app works a lot like Tinder, but is geared towards people between the ages of 13 and 19. Since the age range on the app is no longer so big, this can be a safer way to meet people. Although this is a good replacement if you miss using Tinder, it still matches you with people only based on photos, rather than common interest.
Just like for any app, it’s important to make sure you’re talking to people who make you feel positive. If someone is disrespecting you or saying things that make you feel uncomfortable, block them. Whenever you meet someone in-person for the first time, be sure to do it in a public place until you feel comfortable. And don’t share personal information until you can be sure you trust them!
Crush Zone is a chat website for 13-21 year olds. This site is a great place to chat to other teenagers and join groups with common interests. You can post discussion topics, join groups, and talk with people you’re interested in. Similar to Spotafriend, it’s important to protect yourself and your personal information when chatting and/or organising a meet up.
So if Tinder isn’t for you, there’s a bunch of other options out there for you to explore!