You want to seem approachable, and hiding behind a laptop or book doesn't help!
Try planning a weekly movie night through your friends and see who shows up every week, making it clear that new people are welcome to join at any time.
Accept every party, wedding or social networking invitation you are given and attend.
There are even singles sporting groups popping up that cater to an even smaller niche market, with the ultimate rewards for a single looking to meet new people: a larger cachet of singles with which to interact with and potentially date.
A note for heterosexual ladies: attending a sporting event with other single friends will surely net you a conversation with a stranger if nothing else since single women are usually in short supply.
It may seem obvious to some or completely alien to others - yet it works.
Find a busy coffee shop that you feel comfortable in, and take up a space near the main door.
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to meet singles is to spend time where other singles hang out.
Yet, many singles avoid this kind of interaction, either because they've "tried it before and it didn't work," or they feel silly doing nothing while trying to look available in a public place.
I hosted a party every month for over a year at a local pub that donated the space to us, and made a lot of friends, as well as met someone to date in the process For those truly passionate about a particular hobby (i.e.
writing, archeology, model trains, or motorcycles), look for a community group that services other people with similar interests.
Your geographic location will determine whether or not there are readily accessible groups already ready and waiting for your membership.