"Here's a little-known fact: One out of every two people is a guy!
" says an exasperated 32-year-old Newark, New Jersey, panelist for Answerology.com, a Web site that aims to bridge the communication gulf between the sexes. Acting classes are filled with gorgeous nymphets and men who make great shopping buddies.
The rest (~30%) meet through some part of their daily lives - church, family, neighborhood, work, or school.
The vast majority of same sex couples meet online (a bit less than 70%).
The big drawback of music clubs, of course, is that the noise level can make it hard to hold a conversation. Just be sure to check his left hand for a ring or tell-tale tan line. While the Red Cross does not release statistical data on the male/female ratio of blood donors, any guy who would give up his own body fluids to help out a stranger has got to be a quality date.
"Business events often include a certain number of men who are looking for an extra-marital fling," says Atwood. And even if you don't meet an altruistic hottie, you've helped save a life. After you've made your deposit, hang out by the snack table and ask a light-headed cutie whether he recommends Oreos or Cheese-Its as his strength-builder of choice. You'll find a slightly geeky crowd here, but that's OK.
"It's becoming one of the best ways to meet people, as it allows you to sift through large numbers of people while sitting in your own home," says author Atwood.
From there, you might both decide that dinner is the best option. Guys who weren't popular in high school make excellent boyfriends. Don't go to that super-trendy night spot filled with icy women in towering heels and snarky men in shiny shirts.
After the braces come off and the acne clears up, you're left with a smart, nice-looking man who on some level will always feel extremely grateful to have a girlfriend. So, read a couple of good science-fiction books -- or just rent The Lord of the Rings. If you want to find a nice, laid-back guy, go to a bar that has sawdust on the floor and bowling trophies on the walls.
And if a friend does bring along a handsome stranger to your next house party, you have ample reasons to chat him up.
After all, he'll need you to take his coat, fetch him a drink, and tell you where he's been all your life.