If you are someone who has tried online dating, but have perhaps had some bad experiences or wasted too much time and money and got nowhere, don't forget that there are alternatives to online dating.
Join clubs and groups where there are likely to be other like-minded people there.
You will all have something in common from the start, so there is a strong possibility that you will become friendly with someone of the opposite sex.
You may not fall in love at first sight, but you may find over time that you enjoy being in each others company, so romance may follow.
Your friends also offer a good way to introduce you to new people.
They will most likely mix with a different set of people to you in some parts of their lives, so may come across someone that may be of interest to you.
They could arrange for you to meet up, perhaps as part of a group initially, introduce you and hopefully things could move on from there.
Because your friend knows you both, he or she should have a pretty good idea that you could be compatible.
So try and enlist the help of others when you are looking for new people to come into your life.
Join an offline dating agency.
There are still some that exist.
There is no shame in doing this.
Many people meet their future partners in this way.
Dating agencies can range from high priced individual matching services, dinner dates, special interest agencies to reasonably priced list methods.
Check out what is available in your area.
Book a singles holiday.
I know this sound a bit daunting, but it is a great way to meet new people as you are all in the same position.
It could be great fun and you'll meet some great people and possibly "click" with someone special.
Why not offer your services to a local charity and become a volunteer.
This will open up your world to a new set of people as well as making a difference to a good cause.
It will help you to gain confidence and feel good about yourself.
This can be a fun evening and you could possibly meet some interesting people.
In case you're not familiar with it, this is how it works: Ladies sit at tables and remain seated throughout the evening, a man comes and sits with you for four minutes and you chat and find out about each other and get an idea as to whether you may be compatible.
When the four minutes is up, a bell rings and the men move on to the next table and so on.
There is no pressure or commitment and no details are given out.
Each person has a score card (pink for ladies, blue for men) to keep track of your thoughts on each contact.
After the event the cards are collected and read through for matches - there has to be a mutual match before any further contact is made.
If there are any mutual matches, they will be contacted after the event and then it is up to them whether they wish to take it any further.
If you are seriously looking for alternatives to online dating, want a long-term relationship and would like to know where to meet eligible men, then the answer to that question is "Just about anywhere.
" As well as the suggestions above whenever you are out and about, whether it is at work, shopping, walking the dog, picking the kids up from school, always make sure you are friendly and open to everyone you meet.
Give people a smile, make a friendly comment.
You will find that people will usually respond to you in a positive manner.
Who knows, one of these days it might just lead further.
So always be prepared.
Don't let yourself become desperate to find a partner otherwise you may end up settling for someone who is not suitable.
Just concentrate on enjoying your life and having fun, you will find that people will be drawn to you naturally if you are relaxed and happy with yourself.
The alternatives to online dating are easy for anyone to put into practice, so go on, get on with filling your life with as many things as you possibly can.