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Her name is Erika, and we now live happily in Berkeley, CA.""I don't use dating apps because my town is small, and I worry that my dating profile would become public knowledge.

There was a time when I was on and dated someone for over a year. I have this belief that if I want to meet a man, I need more women in my life, because all women have a man or two whom they are friends with, but don't want to date.

I used one for about a month and people would respond once or twice, then never message back again.

Meeting someone in a situation like that sets the tone and a topic for conversation, whereas my friends who use apps get so nervous about how they'll be perceived on their coffee date!""I can't stand dating apps — it takes the whole chase out of the equation, which is the fun part for both parties.So rather than going online, I mine my friends, new and old, to see if they know someone I might like. I'm not lonely, so getting to meet new men is a fun way to spend a free evening.""I don't use dating apps — quite frankly, I'm too busy and picky.I consider myself a success-minded, ambitious person, and my main complaint with dating sites is that sifting through prospects becomes added work.I sat down next to him and started a conversation — imagine that!

"Instead, it's much more fun meeting people the old-fashioned way — actually socializing.

Go out with friends, have a good time, and speak to people that take your fancy.

There's no pressure to perform — just have fun with people you're comfortable with and meet new people on your terms.

It's fun, rewarding, and allows you to meet all kinds of people.""One time for 24 hours, I tried dating apps just to see what they were all about, but I prefer to meet people organically, at the gym, bars, volunteering, and through friends of friends.

I haven't found 'The One,' but I've met people all those ways. ""I don't use dating apps because, to me, it aims for what I call a "bed relationship," when my purpose is to search for a long-term relationship.

I think apps are actually ruining dating for everyone, because they create unrealistic expectations.