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Carrie Parker Timothy Cook illustration
In a tightly knit city where "everyone knows everyone" and traditional dating reigns supreme, it can be challenging for Richmond singles to meet new and interesting people. But before you lament that all the good ones are taken, get proactive about meeting people outside of your immediate network. You might be surprised when you meet your match along the way.
1. Take up a new hobby
Looking for a partner with a great sense of humor? Take a comedy improv class at the Coalition Theater in downtown Richmond. An athlete? Area boot camps are full of them. An innovative spirit? Check Facebook to see when the next RVA Creative Crash is happening. Think about what you enjoy and what you'd like to share with a partner. Even if Mr./Ms. Right isn't in attendance, you'll meet new people who just might introduce you to him or her.
2. Don't discount online dating
On average, people who use online dating sites go on twice as many dates as their offline counterparts. Dating is a numbers game, and with a constantly rotating membership, tapping into both online sites and mobile apps is to your advantage. (The Pew Research Center reported in October that 11 percent of American adults — and 38 percent of those who are single and seeking a partner — have used online dating sites or apps; of those, 23 percent say they've met a spouse or started a long-term relationship as a result.) Have a friend help you develop your profile to ensure that you're not under-selling yourself.
3. Tell your friends and family
If you were looking for a job, you'd ask everyone you know to keep an eye out for an open position. Similarly, mention that you are "in the market" for romance and willing to meet new people. If being set up isn't your speed, have a mutual contact invite you and a prospective date out for a small group happy hour.
Nudge the karma in your favor: Consider volunteering with a nonprofit that you're passionate about. You'll broaden your network and feel great about your contributions — and when you feel good about yourself, you'll be more attractive to other
5. Be approachable
There are hundreds of amazing festivals and events in and around our city. Go to them. Break away from your pack. Look up from your iPhone. Make eye contact. Smile. Wave. Simple, right?
Carrie Parker is a professional matchmaker with tawkify.com