Tina from the People Team at COOK used to work for a matchmaking company, and witnessed first-hand its transition to online dating. Here are her tips to avoid the pitfalls of dating digital and finding love the old-fashioned way… It’s estimated the UK online-dating market is worth £119m, with over 9% of UK adults using sites. Online and mobile dating sites are easily accessible and low cost, some are even free to use. The best thing about them is that anyone can join … which is also the worst thing about them! If trawling through endless profiles isn’t your cup of tea, have a look at these options to meet new people.
Dance lessons – Modern jive and salsa classes are a great way to learn a new skill, have fun and meet new people. Two left feet? Don’t worry that’s part of the fun! The upbeat music and party atmosphere mean classes are very social. Unlike many couple dancing, most classes don’t expect you to arrive with a partner. Single people are positively encouraged with people frequently moving on to the next partner and helpers known as ‘taxi dancers’ on hand to keep everyone on the dance floor.
Local groups – If you’d like to meet new people in your day-to-day life, you need to expand your social circle. Local magazines are a great source of inspiration, where park runs, local history groups, the Ramblers and so on will all advertise their events. Can’t find anything that interest you? Try meetup.com. This website is a mecca for social events with people hosting events from social nights out, and hobbies and craft groups, to wildlife walks and cinema clubs. If you still don’t find one that suits your interests, you could always start your own!
Volunteering – If you are single and would prefer not to be, it’s very easy to focus on the negatives, to see a world designed for couples and believe that you will never meet the ‘right’ person. Giving back to others can help you shift your focus on to what you have, helping you to feel better about yourself. Feeling good about yourself is so important. If you’re looking for a great relationship with someone who treats you well, you need to start by treating yourself well!