How To Meet Guys In Your 20s

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9 Easy Ways: How to Meet Guys in Your 20s (Feb. 2024)

Hayley Matthews

Written by: Hayley Matthews

Hayley Matthews

Hayley has over 10 years of experience overseeing content strategy, social media engagement, and article opportunities. She has also written hundreds of informational and entertaining blog posts. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Bustle, Cosmo, the Huffington Post, AskMen, and Entrepreneur. When she's not writing about dating news, relationship advice, or her fantasy love affair with Leonardo DiCaprio, she enjoys listening to The Beatles, watching Harry Potter reruns, and drinking IPAs.

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Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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According to a 2014 Pew Research Center report, 74% of women aged 18 to 32 are single. If you ask us, that’s too many 20-something single ladies out there who are in their dating prime yet haven’t found someone special — yet!

To help these women out, we’ve made a list of 9 easy and fun ways for them to meet guys in their 20s.

1. Online Dating Sites

When it comes to meeting quality single guys, there really is no better option than online dating. Statistic Brain says 49.3 million people have tried it, with 52.4% of users being men, so the odds are ever in your favor.

The 3 dating sites below are great for millennial women in their 20. Our experts have tested these sites and found dates on them, so really you can’t go wrong no matter which one you choose.

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Most dating sites also have a corresponding app, making it easier and more convenient to meet guys based on your likes. We actually have an article about the best online dating apps, whether you’re looking for love, a hookup, or just a confidence boost. The dating world is whatever you make it!

2. Ask Family, Friends, & Co-Workers

I’m willing to bet every person you know will know at least one single guy, so let the people in your life do the hard work for you.

Does Mom’s best friend have a cute son? Does your old high school pal have a single cousin who also loves “Game of Thrones” just as much as you do? Does your HR manager’s husband have a single friend who plays in their weekly poker game? You get the gist. Ask around and see what comes of it.

3. Social Media

Did you know Amanda Seyfried fell for her last boyfriend, Justin Long, on Instagram just because he posted a funny picture of a snail? Whether it’s Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, or Facebook, if you’re following a guy who posts something you like, let him know. You never know if it could lead to a date or even a relationship.

What’s even better is if you and the guy on social have friends in common. That way, he’s not just some random dude online and he’s already kinda been vetted by your friends.

4. Social Events

From football games to beer fests, getting off the couch and away from Netflix can only help you when it comes to meeting guys. Pull a Jim Carrey and say yes to as many things as you can, such as:

  • Parties
  • Kickball/Any Sport Leagues
  • Common Interest Groups (Harry Potter fans, anyone?)
  • Themed Bar Nights
  • Weddings
  • Sporting Events
  • Farmers Markets
  • Wine or Beer Fests
  • Concerts
  • Reunions

These social events are full of romantic opportunities, so you never have to spend Saturday night alone.

5. Solo Outings

We all love going out with just the girls, but a big group like that can seem intimidating to men, making them less likely to approach you.

While it may seem scary or pathetic (BTW it’s not), have a drink or lunch by yourself every now and then at a bar you know guys go to and see how many of them talk to you. Hint: It will be a lot.

6. The Gym

Hey, you have to work out anyways, so why not scope out the guys while you’re doing it?

This doesn’t mean go up to him when he’s in the middle of benching 250 pounds to ask him if he wants to go see the new James Bond movie. Wait for a water break, and then pounce.

7. Dog Parks

If you want an easy, non-awkward way to start a conversation with a guy and you have a dog, go to a dog park. Sorry, all you cat people out there.

It may take a few times, but you’re bound to meet someone there. Plus you’ll already have a common interest: dogs.

8. Volunteering

From building houses with Habitat for Humanity or planting trees for Arbor Day, to going on a church mission trip to coaching a kids tee-ball team, volunteering is a great way to meet nice guys and help your community. has a lot of great ideas that are also really unique.

9. Travel to the Beach/Lake/Mountains/Etc.

Not only is traveling fun, but it’s also a great way to get out of your town and away from the usual crowd of guys you see, especially when you go to a city that has more men than women.

While this option is best for a casual date or quick fling, if you happen to meet someone you want something more with, long-distance dating is easier now than it’s ever been.

Meeting Guys is Easy When You Know Where to Go

From our experience, online dating is your best option for meeting guys in your 20s, whether you want a fun date or a relationship. Your 20s is the best time in your life to meet guys, so take advantage of this opportunity while you can. Good luck!

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