There is always a first time for everything – including dating. Whether you are in your early 20s or 30s, and no matter your age, if you have never tried dating yet, it could feel interesting, exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. Dating today is a lot different from how it used to be. Today, you don’t necessarily have to go out a lot to meet new people because, thanks to technology and the internet, there’s now a plethora of ways to find that special someone. But if you haven’t previously dated and you are not sure where or how to start;
Here are some pieces of advice you might want to consider.
1. Open up to your friends and family
If you think that you are now ready to take a leap into the dating pool, you can go ahead and talk to your friends and family members. Be open to them because they might be the best people to set you up for your first date. In fact, this could even be the safest option because they know you very well and they will not be setting you up with someone who cannot be trusted. The person you will meet may not turn out to be the one you expect so it is better to not really expect a lot but just be open to possibilities. There is no guarantee that you will immediately like a person in your initial attempts to date but this could be a good start.
2. Create an online dating profile
Online dating has become very popular nowadays because it is a lot easier and convenient especially to those who don’t have time to go out and meet people. This is something you can also try if you haven’t previously dated. However, there are some risks which online dating actually entails. You need to take precautions and be careful before you decide to meet someone you met online in person. Make sure that you take time to know them well before you say yes to an official date. Also meet up in a public place for your first date. This way, it will be much safer.
3. Join a cause that interests you
One good way to meet new people and a potential date is finding a cause you are interested in and join. Find out if there are events organized in your community where you can get involved. This will increase your chances of meeting someone who share the same interest as yours. Having shared interests with someone will easily make you feel connected and bonded. Also, conversations will not be filled with awkward silences because you will have so much to talk about.
4. Take a class
Whether it is a cooking class, a dance class or an art class, learning a new skill can hit two birds with one stone. You can learn a new hobby which you might just love and at the same time, you are increasing your chance to know other people. There are many couples who met each other in a community class they went into. Who knows you might just have the same fate? You will never know until you try.
5. Go out every now and then
If you will be staying home locking yourself in the four corners of your room, you will really be less likely to meet a potential date. So if your friends invite you on a weekend to have a good time, you should really go. It does not mean that you have to do it all the time or every time you are on day off but when you get the chance to, go ahead and grab that chance! You might not be meeting your date right away or someone you will immediately like but you will get to meet new friends. And then, when you expand your social circle, your chances of meeting the one for you will also increase. So make it a goal to meet as many people as you can in every activity you do or every place you go.