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Photo: itakdalee (Shutterstock) Dating is tough. If you’re making an honest attempt at finding someone special, playing the field requires that you embrace a certain level of vulnerability. And according to conventional thinking, the awkward and anxious components of dating can be somewhat tamed by drinking. Nowadays, dating is drenched in alcohol—86 percent of people drink on first dates, according to a survey from American Addiction Centers —so for those of us who don’t drink, dating can be an even more daunting proposition. Venturing out into the world to start dating is virtually impossible in this pandemic-stricken environment, but when we finally do emerge from our isolated bubbles and start searching for companionship, here’s how you can do it without drinking. Try an inherently sober activity You can’t really bowl, mini-golf, or play tennis after knocking back several drinks. You can, however, set the tone of your sober date by doing something more adventurous than sitting across a table and imbibing. Doing something a bit more active, or cultural—such as perusing a museum—can allow you to get to know your prospective partner just as intimately as slurping glasses of wine and cracking jokes. According to Rhonda Milrad , founder and chief relationship advisor of the relationship advice platform Relationup , performing a shared task on a first date can get a new relationship off to a flying start. People create connection by experiencing and engaging in a task together. The event itself creates an opportunity to interact in ways […]