This friendship-first approach has fundamentally changed my understanding of dating and relationships.
By not overtly expecting sex, commitment, or even compatibility upfront, and instead focusing on just creating a series of fun, memorable experiences, we had implicitly set the precedent for a approach to dating.
Last year, I met a girl named Jessica on Ok Cupid and we agreed to meet up and go on an adventure date throughout Seattle.
We explored new neighborhoods, meandered through parks, and people-watched out of a coffee shop’s balcony.
Consider when a friend invites you to a trivia night and you meet one of their other friends there and hit it off, or when you go to a friend’s birthday party and bump into someone new.
Unfortunately, our friends typically share similar social networks as us, so it’s a bit harder for them to introduce us to our existing social networks.