7 Types Of Dating—Different Ways To Meet Your New Match

Updated August 10, 2023by Regain Editorial Team

Dating can feel overwhelming at times, especially if it has been a while since you’ve pursued a romantic relationship. Whether you are just getting out of a relationship, want to have a casual romance, or are ready to settle down long term, you might be looking for the best ways to meet a new match.

There are many different options when it comes to meeting a potential partner, and each method can lead to good results. The method you choose will depend on your personal preferences, location, and comfort level. To help you get into (or back into) the dating scene, take a look at seven types of modern dating and learn more about what your options are.

  1. Online Dating

There Are More Types of Dating Than You Think

Probably one of the most popular ways to get a date in today’s world is to go online. Many people use apps and online dating sites to find other singles who are also interested in dating. There are many popular dating websites to consider, and they all have different features depending on what you are looking for. Some are quite simple and mostly based on photos, while others will match people based on their answers to questionnaires. Most of these top dating sites also offer apps for use from your smartphone or tablet.

Online free dating sites and apps can be a great way to build a connection with someone and get to know them through messages before you even go on your first date. Dating apps can be incredibly convenient because you can meet new people anytime and anywhere, as long as you have a free minute and an internet connection. However, using caution when meeting individuals through dating apps and sites is important. You can’t always be sure who is on the other end of the screen, and some dishonest people try to scam others through dating websites or apps using fake photos and information.

Below are some tips to keep you safe while online dating.

  • If you match with someone on a dating app, it may be a good idea to ask for links to their other social media platforms. This way, you can learn a bit more about them and be sure they are who they say they are.

  • Consider chatting via video call before meeting in person so you can further confirm their identity (and potentially see how well you get along).

  • When you decide to meet for the first time, choose a public place and ensure you have safe transportation to and from the date.

  1. Double Dates

Double dating with friends can be a great way to potentially meet someone new. Double dating involves two couples going out together for dinner or to enjoy a fun activity. If you have a friend who is in a relationship, you can see if they or their significant other have a friend you may potentially match well with. If you get nervous about dates or tend to be shy, having another couple there, especially friends, can be a great buffer while meeting someone new.

  1. Group Dates

Group dates are similar to double dates, except with more couples or singles. In a group date scenario, a group of people will hang out somewhere and get to know each other. Remember that there is also a difference between hanging out and dating. You must figure out the real purpose of going out with the group—are you looking for a connection with someone or just taking part in a group activity? This way, you can feel comfortable and confident in the situation.

Having friends around on a date is often helpful as they can play a support role while you’re trying to connect with someone you may be interested in. If you happen to hit it off with one of the people on the group date, then you can exchange contact information and potentially go out on a one-on-one date sometime.

  1. Speed Dating

Speed dating events are a fun way to meet a lot of different people in a short period of time. The concept of a speed date is that you will have several dates consecutively that only last a few minutes each. You might get five or ten minutes with one person, then a buzzer will sound indicating that the time is up, and you’ll get the chance to chat with another person. If you like the idea of meeting many potential matches in one night, then speed dating may be quite appealing and could increase your odds of meeting someone you’d like to have a longer date with.

If you want to be successful when speed dating, it will likely be beneficial to make the most of the time you’re given and try to get to know someone as much as you can in the allotted time. Some people feel like this is too much pressure and don’t enjoy the structure of this type of dating. It’s up to you to decide whether it’s right for you.

  1. Blind Dating

Blind dating is a type of dating where you go out with someone you don’t know yet. In fact, there's a chance you may not have even seen what they look like before the date; although, in this day and age, it’s likely you will have had at least a peek at one of their social media profiles.

Situations like this usually occur when two sets of friends try to set two people up that they think would be a good match. You might be told to wear a certain color and sit at a certain table at a restaurant to make you identifiable, or you could already know each other’s faces from pictures. For some people, this may be an awkward form of dating, while others may find it exciting and mysterious.

  1. Casual Dating


Casual dating is a common form of dating for many people these days, whether they’re trying to figure out who they want to get involved with or are simply having a good time. This is a situation where you may be dating multiple people without anything ever being too serious. When you’re casually dating, you may not be committed to one person, and you’ll probably be free to see other people if you would like to.

Most relationships start as casual ones and then transition into something serious as two people begin to bond. Casual dating may be a great way for an individual to make connections, have fun, or find someone they match well with.

Finding people for casual dating is pretty simple in today's world. Dating apps make finding others who are interested in casual relationships easy. You can search for other singles in your area and find people looking for the same thing you are. Many people even seek out relationships with others that are purely sexual. So, if you aren’t looking for true love, casual dating might be appealing to you.

  1. Serious/Exclusive Dating

Exclusive dating occurs when partners in a relationship decide to only date each other. It often involves a long-term commitment. This is the end goal of dating for many people and frequently leads to more serious commitments like marriage. Some people may not enjoy casual dating and want to find a person they can be in a committed relationship with. Some people choose to only date exclusively. You should be sure that you’re ready for something a bit more serious before deciding to date exclusively.


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There Are More Types of Dating Than You Think

If you are facing difficulties finding someone or experiencing challenges within a current relationship, you’re not alone. Therapy is an invaluable tool that can provide you with support and guidance on how to improve your relationships and overall well-being. Regain is an online therapy platform specializing in relationships that’s both convenient and affordable. A licensed therapist can help you overcome any issues or concerns you may have with regard to your relationships and love life, all from the comfort of your home or wherever you have an internet connection. 

Many individuals turn to online therapy when they are having issues related to dating. They may not be comfortable with the idea of meeting new people and want to sort out their feelings. Online therapy can be an effective method for working toward being confident in your ability to date.

There's no one right way to date. Choose an option that feels right for you and go for it!

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