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"Going solo has led to way more ask-outs," Virginia says."The risk of public rejection is lowered for the person approaching you when you're alone, which means he's more likely to do it." So on Week 1, I did a little dabbling with both. I gave it a shot the first time during the day at a coffee shop and then at night I strolled to an exciting gastropub.There’s something about being in the town that houses my only big sister that make me feel shy — suddenly I’m five years old again and Sissy has to order for me at the restaurant, pick the movie we watch, and figure out the route to get home.I barely even speak for myself which doesn't breed well for dating, especially since Virginia advised me to take risks.I occasionally host at a restaurant and am quick to talk up any cutie I see.I'm talkative, but I don't actually ever pursue anything besides a quick bar-side chat... Putting myself in the game more than that feels a tad too vulnerable.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.I have been perpetually single most of my life, and at 25, where all my friends are pairing off with the loves of their lives, I rely desperately on dating apps (who am I kidding, just Tinder) for unsuitable matches so I can drag them to my crew's holiday/birthday parties.
In my LA day-to-day, I am more quick to chat with random people at bars, or at the climbing gym, or on a hike, hoping that this next one is the podcast producer/soulmate I've been waiting for my whole life.So when an option was presented to me that pursuing limited success dating apps, Bustle's App-less April, a challenge to delete your dating apps for a month, I jumped to it.The concept of dating two weeks in Austin and two weeks in Los Angeles, my current city of residence, was too good to pass up.There requires some relationship-building before being plopped directly into a Netflix and Chill situation by way of Hinge (but actually I'm just using Tinder, don't forget). First, let me describe the differences in situation between my Austin time and my Los Angeles time.While Camille Virginia, Founder of Master Offline Dating, tells Bustle, "most people want the same thing, regardless of whether they're a brash New Yorker, a sweet southern belle, or live in the middle of nowhere and rarely see another human: acknowledgement, acceptance, and kindness," I found that wasn't the same person in both places.