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Bustle's #ApplessApril starts TODAY
Even though dating apps are most popular among Millennials, according to a recent Bustle survey with dating app Happn of over 1,000 dating app users, 78% of women and 85% of men still want to meet people IRL. That's why for the second year in a row, +Bustle is deeming April, "App-less April" and encouraging our staff and readers to delete their dating apps for 30 days and meet people the old-fashioned way: offline. With participants ( +Natalia Lusinski!) tracking their progress and tricks and tips from dating experts (+Clarissa Silva & +Susan Winter!), we'll be helping you feel empowered to meet people IRL all month long.

Follow along all month here: https://www.bustle.com/appless-april

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What I learned from #ApplessApril, a month without dating apps
"I'm not blaming the apps themselves, because they've been successful in terms of what I was using them for. I'm blaming how I — and possibly many other dating app addicted Millennials — have been using them to avoid dating."

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Check out +Bustle's #ApplessApril dating panel Facebook Live with The Bachelor star and blogger With Love Caila, and experts Samantha Burns, Francesca Hogi, and +Susan Winter

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I'll be on camera with +Bustle editor +Michelle Toglia and fellow relationship experts Francesca Hogi, Samantha Burns, Caila Quinn (from The Bachelor) discussing dating hacks, dating apps and how to meet IRL.



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Feeling FOMO in Dating? It might be time to give #ApplessApril a shot.
"It's not necessarily their fault, but dating apps give the illusion that there's an endless supply of potential mate choices, so why settle for one person when you can keep swiping (and conveniently avoid investing time and real feelings in one person) when there's just another person a swipe away. But the truth is there IS a finite number of people, not one of them is perfect, and at some point simply making a decision and attempting to get invested in one person is what you have to do — otherwise, prepare to ride the dating app rollercoaster indefinitely." - +Camille Virginia

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Want to meet people offline? Look further than your morning commute #ApplessApril.
"A lot of people find their commute the worst part of their day, but it doesn't have to be. Keep your eyes peeled and you may find a dating opportunity on your way to work." - +Laken Howard

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What happens when you delete your dating apps?
"Now, however, after a week of no dating apps, no talking to new people online, and absolutely no swiping, I've come to the undeniable conclusion that I was wrong. So, so wrong." #ApplessApril

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How deleting your dating apps affects your self-esteem
What's life during #ApplessApril or off dating apps really like?
"I know that I’m worthy of a great love — and better yet — that I will find one, one of these days. Relieving the pressure and the anxiety that online dating created freed me to become a version of myself that was assured in who she was, content with her life and of course, open to whatever — and whomever — comes next."

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Deleting your dating apps isn't easy but if you're burnt out, it can't hurt to try #ApplessApril. But if you're bored on your phone, here are some non-dating apps that might satisfy your swiping needs!
Dating app addiction is real!

"It’s completely mindless. I’m honestly not even really looking at the men. Yes, sometimes there’s a guy a with an adorable puppy that catches my eye, but most of the time I’m just on there because I want some confirmation that I’m indeed a desirable human being. Behavioral scientist and relationship blogger Clarissa Silva describes this phenomenon as “vanity validation” seeking approval through electronic likes, not life encounters. I know I’m not alone in feeling this way.' - +Bustle's +Frances Dumlao

#tuesdaythoughts #VanityValidation #love #onlindedating #ApplessApril #men #women #tinder #Dating #IRL #relationships #addiction

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How to actually meet someone offline this weekend
Deleted your dating apps for #ApplessApril? Have no fear!
"This might sound obvious, but really — you can meet someone new this weekend. However, it’s going to force you out of your usual routine to do so. If you don’t typically meet people IRL, it’s going to be especially uncomfortable for you to follow these steps. But they do work, so I encourage you to push yourself, starting now." - Dating & life coach +Francesca Hogi

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Doing +Bustle's #ApplessApril? Here are several places to meet potential dates when you're detoxing from dating apps, from the dog park to the farmer's market.
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