What have been your experiences with online dating services? I'm running out of ideas of how to meet guys (I've got mild social anxiety that makes it really hard for me to approach a guy, I don't like the club/bar/concert thing, everybody at work's in a serious relationship, the people in most of my classes are the ones I work with, and I'm an authority figure in the organization that gets most of the rest of my time), and I keep seeing that option on tv, ads around, etc.
Any suggestions other than online dating?
Most Helpful Guy
Book stores are great. Go to ones with coffee shops. That way you can start mild/harmless conversations about what is good to read, help finding a book, what they are reading etc. From there you could easily transition to a full conversation.
To get over your mild social anxiety is to talk to people. I know that sounds silly, but hear me out. Each day, force yourself to get five strangers names. It doesn't matter who. When you are at the grocery store, chat people up, about the weather, about a food choice, etc. Don't worry about getting a date, or anything but eventually getting their name.
Then, once that is easier, get 5 people's interest a day. From there, hold a 5 minute conversation, etc. etc.
These small steps can really help you get over your social fear, and get you comfortable with talking to people.
Best of luck.2