If you’ve been following #TheDatingScene blog series, you know I’ve been scoping out the Christian dating scene among singles by analyzing the results of a poll I sent out to my readers a few weeks ago. I asked all kinds of questions about their dating life, who does the asking, how they’ve been asked, and a few other things.
The findings have been really interesting, and you can catch up on the entire series by clicking here (by the way, don’t miss reading through the comments because they’re almost as informative as the data!).
One of my last two questions on the poll centered around the WHERE of dating.
Where are Christian singles meeting people these days?
Three answers totally monopolized the poll…and it’s about time I shared them with you.
#1 (30%): Church or Related Activity
I have to admit, I was a little giddy to see that even with the changing times, Church and church-related events are one of the TOP places Christian singles are meeting each other. And it makes sense, because like-minded people generally make the best matches with it comes to finding someone to date. I always say that getting involved in the things that are meaningful for you is a good way to meet others who are passionate about the same things. And a commitment to God and community is a really great place to start. In fact, just two weeks ago I met a young woman who is dating an awesome guy and it all started by her attendance at one of my TrueLoveDates Events and then getting plugged into that local church community. How awesome is that?!?!
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#2 (29%): Online Dating Website or App
So Christian singles are keeping up with the trends, because national statistics have recently shown that about 30% of people are meeting online these days. I always get asked about my views of online dating and I’m pretty open about saying that I see nothing wrong with that mode of meeting. Because at the end of the day it doesn’t matter HOW you meet, but WHO you date. And whether you meet online or face-to-face, it’s up to you to bring wisdom, honesty, and discretion to every step of the dating process.
#3 (23%): Mutual Friends or Family
And last, but not least….the #3 way people are meeting is through mutual friends and family. I think this is my personal favorite, because someone that knows you well can really be of benefit when it comes to introducing you to a potential date. I’m such a huge fan of it, that I have personally set up a few friends myself who are now very happily married 🙂 Woot-woot!
Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for recommendations, and then open your mind and heart to meeting new people along the way.
*Oh, and bonus info: meeting someone to date on Facebook or social media only came in at about 2%….so, there you go.
Comment below: Which of the above would be your preferred method of meeting someone to date? Why?
Debra Fileta is a Professional Counselor, national speaker, relationship expert, and author of True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide to Finding the Love of Your Life, where she writes candidly about dating, relationships, and how to find true love. Her newest book, Choosing Marriage, is set to be released in the Summer of 2018! You may also recognize her voice from her 200+ articles at Relevant Magazine, Crosswalk.com, and all over the web! She’s the creator of this True Love Dates Blog, reaching over 4 million people with the message that healthy people make healthy relationships! Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter or book a session with her today!
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