For singles looking to meet someone new, there are a wide variety of options: socialize more, volunteer, join a group, set up a profile on an online dating site, go speed dating, talk to your friends, attend a singles event... and the list goes on. But what if you've tried all these things and still aren't meeting new people?
This is a dilemma faced by numerous singles today, including myself. I found that when I lived in a larger metropolitan area, there were more singles close in age to socialize with. But moving to a much smaller town (1/10th the size of what I'm used to) dried up a lot of my standard ways of meeting people.
This is where both I, and other singles like me, need to get a bit creative. We live in an increasingly disconnected world, where we don't know our neighbors names, rarely go for a walk around the block and find it easier to sit in front of the computer to meet people than to get out and about meeting others face to face - the latter being one of my own personal struggle some days.
I firmly believe that building community is the best way to meet someone new, and many of the more creative meet someone new -ideas are usually housed within its depths. So with that in mind, here's my own brainstormed list. I'll try and use at least one of these this week and see how I fare. If nothing else, I'll be so busy that I won't have time to think about being single.
How about you? Do you have any suggestions to add to my list? What have you done out of the ordinary to meet new people?
- Invite my friends over for Thanksgiving dinner, letting them know that they are welcome to bring anyone else who doesn't have somewhere to be to share in the occasion;
- Stop over at the recreation center down the street to see if there are any community groups that tickle my fancy;
- Look further into starting a chapter of the Single Volunteers locally;
- Call the bowling alley to see if they need anyone to fill out an already-created team.