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How To Meet Romantic Partners In 2019

How To Meet Romantic Partners In 2019

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The story of how your parents met is going to be much different from the story of how you met your current partner by sheer virtue of the world having changed so much in the past few decades.

Instead of meeting your partner in church, or before shipping off to fight in a war, chances are your initial meeting will be a lot more mundane than the heroic stories of the old but still important nonetheless. But then, this, of course, begs the question - how do we meet each other these days? Our lives are much more fast-paced and what we do for fun has definitely changed. For instance, not many groups of friends hang out on the street corner and talk to women who pass them by these days. It's just a simple fact.

Here's the skinny on how people hook up in modern times:

Bond over shared hobbies.

With the Internet and our increased connectedness, not to mention general technological advancement, our understanding of what kind of things people like and are willing to dedicate time to has shifted. Now, there are many more niche businesses meant to resonate with a wide array of people instead of the standard bowling alley or pool hall. Climbing gyms have gained a lot of popularity in recent times, and it isn't a half-bad way to meet a similarly minded partner. You shouldn't prowl the halls of wherever you've decided to spend your free time explicitly looking for love, but instead, you should commit fully to whatever social pastime you appreciate and wait for things to happen organically. Who knows, spotting someone at the gym or helping someone tie up their rollerblades could be all it needs to spark a lifelong connection.

Go digital.

Saying you met on a website is a lot less climactic than some other couple's first meeting stories, but the relationships that result from online dating are just as strong and long-lasting as any, should the two people truly be compatible for each other. In fact, it's effortless to find someone with the exact traits you'd like now that there are dating apps for just about any taste. That means certain religions, lifestyles, or even interracial dating apps are all at your fingertips, and a date is just a few button pushes away. Why limit yourself to who you can cross paths with in person, when you can connect to a whole network of people who are also on the market?

Cut loose.

As a society, we put a huge emphasis on our leisure time as it seems like we have less and less of it as time goes on. Whenever we have time to shed our carefully regimented lives and go a little wild, there's a much higher chance we'll overcome our social barriers and end up talking to someone we normally wouldn't. Whether it be at a bar, a nightclub, or at a camp, people are much more receptive to meeting potential mates. If you find places where you can relax and be yourself, and other people can as well, chances are you'll bump into someone you'll be smitten with eventually.


There's no doubt about it. The dating landscape has changed significantly in the past couple of years. As a society, we're changing our sensibilities and priorities in such a way that we need to retool how we think about our quest for love and go about ourselves. Gone are the days when we followed carefully curated social norms. Now, there's a much bigger emphasis on being a down to earth and genuine person that just wants to spend time with someone else. Best of luck in your search for a romantic partner! It might seem difficult at first, but when you meet the right person, everything will flow effortlessly.