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But that's part of the fun in it — stepping outside your comfort zone.
I learned a lot last year when I deleted dating apps for a month for a month for the first time in my singlehood, but I still struggled to meet people IRL at first.
That's why for the second year in a row, Bustle is deeming April, "App-less April" and encouraging our staff and readers to delete their dating apps for 30 days and meet people the old-fashioned way: offline.
With participants tracking their progress and tricks and tips from dating experts, we'll be helping you feel empowered to meet people IRL all month long.
Now that you're app-less, make an effort to be more present. It can be as easy as getting coffee from a new shop on your way to work.Whether dating apps are causing a "dating apocalypse" or are merely the easiest way to get a date, there's no denying these tools have been total gamechangers in the dating scene within the last few years.And even though dating apps are most popular among Millennials, according to a recent Seat Geek survey of 1,000 singles, 95 percent would rather meet people IRL versus online or on an app.Doing something new can be scary AF, and just the act of deleting your dating apps from your phone won't suddenly send real life hot singles knocking on your door begging you to date them — as nice as that would be.
You actually have to make some changes to see different results, whether that mean's switching up your surroundings, your go-to coffee shop, or your attitude."Deleting your apps is the first step," dating coach and certified matchmaker Francesca Hogi tells Bustle, "But if you don't change your other behavior, you're unlikely to meet dates offline."Even as I went back on dating apps after App-less April last year, I carried my new tips, attitude, and approach to dating with me.
"Don't be afraid to daydream or laugh in amusement as you observe things out and about," Jasbina Ahluwalia, founder and CEO of Intersections Match by Jasbina, tells Bustle. "Challenge yourself to stop by a new cafe or grocery store — deviating from routine can increase possibilities of meeting new people," Ahluwalia says.