When you’re single and looking for love, going on a dating app or site can seem like the best option. With so many people online dating today, the possibilities are seemingly endless. But if online dating isn’t your thing, you’re not alone, because singles are meeting dates in plenty of other ways today.
According to a survey conducted by technology company Reportlinker, 54 percent of people don’t think very of highly of dating apps and sites. So although online dating can offer you a larger dating pool to choose from, if it’s not working for you, don’t think it’s the only option out there.
To get insight on how people are meeting today, ReportLinker conducted a survey of over 500 singles and over 550 people who are married or in relationships. According to the survey, less than 20 percent of singles say they were registered on dating apps and sites, which is surprisingly low considering that studies have found a third of new marriages in the U.S. start online and more and more people turn to online dating to meet their significant otherseach year.
Even though online dating may feel like a popular way to meet people, it’s certainly not the only way. Here’s how singles are meeting people today if they’re not online dating, according to the ReportLinker survey.
1 Through Friends: 60%
Meeting through friends was the number one way singles meet people. Nearly 60 percent who don’t use apps say they meet people through friends and 63 percent of younger millennials (18 to 24-years-old) say that’s also their go-to way. When they’re not swiping for matches, 75 percent of Tinder users also say they like meeting people through friends.
2 At Bars Or Other Public Areas: 37%
Meeting at a bar or other public area is the second most popular way to find love. About 37 percent of people say they try to meet people when they’re out in a public area.
3 At Work: 27%
You do spend most of your day with the people you work with. So it’s no wonder why 27 percent of singles say try to find love at their place of work.
4 At An Event: 27%
About 27 percent of singles also say they look for love at events related to sports, religion, or hobbies. Men were more likely to say this than women.
5 Through Family: 25%
About a quarter of people used their family members to introduce them to someone new.
6 None Of The Above: 28%
Apparently there’s a lot more to it than what the survey found because 28 percent say they find love through other ways.
7 Through Dating Services And Events: 3%
Only three percent of people use dating agencies to find love, two percent attend speed dating events, and another two percent enlist help from a dating coach.
Meeting through friends wasn’t just the most common among singles, it was the most common way people already married or in relationships met their partners too, followed by work, bars, events, and dating apps. While there are so many great ways to meet people today, dating apps and sites included, meeting through friends seems like it’s still probably one of the best options.