Top Alternatives to Online Dating in the San Francisco Bay Area
By 2037 half of the world’s babies will be born to parents that met online.
That’s right, in just under 20 years, the majority of newborns will have dating apps to thank for getting their parents together.
It’s crazy how times change.
Not so long ago we were much more likely to meet our significant other at church than online.
Nowadays it seems like the only way we’re destined to meet a partner is via an app.
And hey, you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong in thinking that.
In 2017 a Stanford study found that 39% of all heterosexual couples that got together that year found each other online.
But here’s the key number from that study, 39%.
Meaning that 61% of all new couples found each other IRL as opposed to online.
For the old-school romantics out there this is good news. It means that there’s still a chance — a statistically good one at that — that you’ll meet your next partner in the real world rather than online.
That being said, how exactly do you meet someone IRL?
In particular, how do you meet someone IRL in one of the most fast-paced, gender-lopsided, cities in the world?
In this article, we’ll answer that question for you as we dig into the alternatives to online dating in San Francisco.
Alternatives To Online Dating In San Francisco
Phone A Friend
Let’s start with the obvious shall we?
Take a look at the graph above one more time. You’ll see that according to the study, meeting your romantic partner through a friend is how 28% of new partners meet each other, making it even more commonplace than meeting online.
So how can you leverage this to find a partner?
Well to name just a few things:
— Go Michael Scott on them and ask that they each write down the number of a friend/acquaintance that you’d be compatible with
— Encourage your friends to invite a female friend when you hang
— Make it a point of emphasis to attend the parties of your friends
It’s this last point that you really need to take full advantage of.
Parties are the perfect place to meet women.
Not only are they large social pools akin to ones you’d find at bars and clubs, but you immediately have an easy opener to spark conversation — “How do you know “x”?”
Not only this, but in a sense the friends and acquaintances you’d find at a friend’s party have already been screened. Unlike strangers you’d meet at a bar, the people you’d chat up at your friend’s house are trusted, have been vetted, and most likely are similar to your friend. This being the case it should be easier than not to connect with this person and have at least a few things in common with them.
Fun fact, this was actually the premise that sparked the idea for Hinge, the dating app that’s “designed to be deleted.”
It’s a good sign that meeting people IRL is alive and well when one of the most popular dating apps is based on the idea that we meet those most compatible with us through our friends.
By this point in your life, you should have debunked the myth that opposites don’t attract.
I mean, opposites might attract initially, but then repel quickly by way of a violent divorce or ghosting.
We’re attracted to those similar to us chiefly because of our desire to confirm our world view.