Sometimes it can be really hard to go out and find people with similar interests, so going to a con where we already have something in common (on at least that one interest or aspect of life) can make it easier.Being in a group setting with friends who also share these interests has helped a lot in the past, too, since it makes it a lot easier to talk.After all, meeting future dates in person, without the help of an app, is natural and faster — you omit all the back-and-forth, the matches who just want to be pen-pals, the matches who ghost...
As efficient as some dating apps are — I mean, you can message someone one minute and literally be out on a date with them the next!
— going to a friend's birthday party and hitting it off with somebody IRL is even more so.
I assume it's because I photograph really poorly or dropped out of college to become an entrepreneur, but I NEVER get matches and never get dates out of it. It's really as easy as introducing yourself and starting a conversation.
In my most recent stint on and Bumble earlier this year, I swiped right on maybe 1,500 or so women over the course of weeks without a single match. I'd generally get one response out of 75 or so messages sent out on OKC. If you go into it with the goal of having a fun conversation, there's no pressure.
But, that's not true, as I'm sure you and I both know people (perhaps yourself! Though being on dating apps may seem like the norm, that's not the case with everybody — people meet partners in real life all the time.