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Every person I’ve ever dated, including the man I married, I met in real life. Even if you know, for a fact, that you will never date any of your coworkers (which is probably a good thing), you never know who they might ask, from outside the office, to tag along. I don’t mean inviting yourself to whatever events aren’t “public,” but if you see that one of your Facebook friends is going to an art exhibit opening or a reading at the local bookstore, RSVP and go.

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Your friends know you well enough to know what type of person will click with you.

This is your best case scenario for meeting people IRL, so don't roll your eyes at it.

Once upon a time, in an age before the Internet, the only way to meet people was to leave your apartment and interact with humanity.

I know it’s a scary thought — leaving your couch, taking off your sweatpants, putting your Netflix binging on pause, and going out to meet people — but that’s just how the world worked.

When you’re with your friends it can be intimidating for someone to come up to you, but when you roll solo it’s easier for someone who might want to get to know you to make their move. If you're shy about going out alone, bring a book or a journal at first, and take small steps to get comfortable with the feeling.

Consider trying not to look at your phone all night, and see what happens.

Even if you haven’t been in school in years, you can always learn something new.

Sign up for cooking class, a pottery class, or finally learn how to scuba dive.

Remember how it was so easy to meet people when you were in school? So maybe being set up by your Aunt Edie is going to result in you being bored, because Aunt Edie never really understood you.

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