This guy asked out women in real life, just to see if it could be done in the age of online dating

Online dating is the pits. But what is the alternative? Finding a date IRL? Yeah, right. BAFTA-nominated writer and director Samuel Abrahams documented his friend’s attempts to do just that: find a date in person, no app or website to help.

In the six-minute video titled “Offline Dating,” Abraham’s friend Tom Greaves wanders London approaching various women, who are sometimes in alone, or sometimes in pairs or groups.

Tom asks the women for dates in a fairly forthright, cut-and-dry manner.

The results are…mixed. Some women offer straight-forward rejections, while others react nearly violently (one literally slams a door in his face) to one unnoticed boyfriend making himself known.

But, not all is lost. Some women are charmed by the novelty of being asked out in real, honest to goodness life.


In one situation, Tom passes a couple of women, and asks: “Would you like to go for a drink with me?”
To which one woman responds, “What, right now?”

In another moment, Tom walks up to a couple with the their arms wrapped around each other and tells the woman, “I was going to ask if you wanted to go on a date.” If nothing else, the moment is good for a laugh.


Then, after rolling with all the almost-literal punches, Tom gathers up the courage to talk to two girls on the street. He explains that he “wants to meet someone, but he doesn’t want to do it online.” The women appear to find his honesty refreshing, because one of them immediately invites him back to their house for a barbecue.

And, we won’t spoil the rest for you, but just know: it ends well.

More of this, please!

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