How can I escape the single life?

In short, I've never kissed a girl or anything else along those lines and I'm 19 years old. I used to be depressed and sad about it, but now I'm more so frustrated/apathetic. I know it'll happen at some point but I also know that it won't unless I put myself out there, and I'm more than slightly on the awkward side. I think I'm average looking so I'm not really concerned about that. And I've recently made a new female friend who I'd love to date but she has a boyfriend and I completely respect that. When we hung out I wasn't an awkward mess like usual and I think it's because I wasn't worried about trying to impress her or flirt because we're just friends. If you need more details about me just ask but does anyone (guy or girl) have any advice for getting past my life long dry spell? And please dummy suggest hook ups or dating apps because that's not what I'm looking for and dating apps are horrid for guys.
How can I escape the single life?
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