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Oct 2019: The Offline Dating Method featured in MindBodyGreen
Back in my single days, one of my tried-and-true favorite places to meet dudes was on public transportation. Seriously—I’ve met at least four or five romantic flings on buses, trains, and subway cars.
If you’re sick and tired of dating apps, finding dates the old-fashioned way is definitely still a thing.
Dating coach Camille Virginia recently put out a whole guide to it called The Offline Dating Method, so if you have no idea where to start, here are a few of my favorite tidbits of advice from her book.
(FYI, her guide is geared specifically toward straight women, but the tips really work for anyone!)
1. Go somewhere solo.
Think events and gatherings where people specifically get together to do something as a group, like group workout classes, wine tastings, or volunteering…
Sept 2019: The Offline Dating Method featured on homepage of The Atlantic!
Key quotes from the article about The Offline Dating Method…
- It would be easy to mistake a number of tips from The Offline Dating Method for tips from a self-help book about finding love in an earlier decade…But later parts of the book mark it as a hyper-current artifact of the present—of a time when social-media skills are often conflated with social skills, and when the simple question of what to say out loud to another person can be anxiety-inducing for many.
- In the second and third chapters, The Offline Dating Method could virtually double as a guide for how to talk to and get to know strangers, full stop.
- [Camille Virginia] writes, “humans are craving … connection and authenticity. Every day people are flooded with an overwhelming amount of information and distractions, most with the sole motivation of hijacking their time and/or money”…So when a modern single person meets someone “who’s able to engage them on a deeper level and sans ulterior motive, all of their unmet need for connection will likely come pouring out. So be ready, because it can happen fast.”
- …the existence of a book like Virginia’s also points to a desire to transcend some of the antisocial tendencies of daily life and dating in the internet age. And to her credit, she offers numerous, concrete ways to do so without sacrificing the great things that smartphones and wireless internet access have made possible.
Sept 2019: Personal essay written for Frolic Media
“I’m so sorry! May I buy your coffee?”
I had paused in the middle of placing my Starbucks order when the man behind me had jumped in to place his.
The cashier held up a hand to him, gestured toward me, and a split-second later, out came his apology and offer to buy my drink.
It all happened so fast, I didn’t register what was going on.
So, like many modern women upon being offered assistance, my immediate reaction was to politely decline, thank-you-very-much.
On the walk back to my apartment, self-bought latte in-hand, it suddenly hit me: I’d missed an opportunity to connect with a cute guy who offered to do something nice for me.
I vowed to keep a more vigilant watch out, so I’d never miss an opportunity like that again…
Sept 2019: The Toronto Sun, article by Simone Paget
We’ve become comfortable hiding behind our screens and I don’t think it’s doing us any good …my fantasy is still to bump into an attractive stranger in a cute, sprung from the script of a romantic comedy scenario while getting a refill on my coffee.
This is all to say that in-person courtship has become a lost art form and (like McDonald’s pizza) it’s time to bring it back.
Enter: Camille Virginia, an offline dating coach and author of the new book The Offline Dating Method: How to Attract a Great Guy in the Real World — a practical how-to guide for getting off apps and into the real world.
While Virginia’s personal experience is with dating men, she says, “the tips are easily applied to all sexual orientations and gender identifications. Again, it’s simply how to connect human to human,”…