I've always made it a point to be honest with my readers. Why? Because I have absolutely no reason not to be! Lying on the internet is worse than lying to your therapist. I'm sitting behind a screen, what's the worst than can happen? Are you going to leave a nasty comment on Facebook—oh, the horror. I'm going to tell you what I know (or claim to know) and you'll either like it or you won't! That's life, right?
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Well, here goes—I've never used a dating app in my life. The only thing I know about Tinder is what I've been told/observed from other people, but I'm going to advise you on the subject anyway, because I'm a firm believer in the whole, "those who can't do, teach" thang. To start, I'll go ahead and rattle off some dating apps that are known for making genuine romantic connections rather than boning someone you've known for 15-minutes and never contacting them again—
Plenty Of Fish
Coffee Meets Bagel
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Alright, now that we've covered the online dating app circuit, we can get to the good stuff—the old fashioned stuff. You know, the art of wooing a woman outside of a text message or DM. Don't roll your eyes at me. I can just tell that's what happening. I'm serious! It's entirely possible, if not completely encouraged, to step outside the digital status quo and meet someone in a REAL way. Of course, you have to be careful, so as not to appear like a creepy, cat-calling d-bag, but other than, go for it!
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These are my IRL alternatives to Tinder and look on the bright-side, you won't have to worry about your phone dying mid-conversation—
Have your mother set you up with someone. Yes, I'm entirely serious. Who knows you better than your mom? And really, at the end of the day you're going to HAVE to end up with someone she likes, so just cut out the middle-man (you) and let her do the work.
Let your couple-friends set you up! I only recommend this IF the couple-friends don't suck. You know what I mean, if they're a chill couple that you don't mind third-wheeling with, then yes! Ask them if they know any single girls who'd be interested in you.
Use your siblings to find love. I know PLENTY of people who have ended up with their sibling's friends. Hell, I know one that did and is happily married with a beautiful baby! It's a lot less rare than you think. Plus it's nice payback for all the time they torture you in their youth.
Through work. Now, I don't necessarily suggest someone in your company, as I've seen that go REAL bad, REAL fast, but perhaps someone in your office building? That way, IF you break up, you just know to avoid certain floors.
Other notable options include: the gym, at a bar (not when you're too plastered though), the grocery store (only if they're buying food you'd actually eat too),
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