I hate using technology, but is that the only way to find a girlfriend?

DEAR DEIDRE: MATES say I’ll never get a girlfriend if I don’t buy a smartphone.

Apparently most people meet on dating apps and communicate via FaceTime – things my brick of a phone can’t do.

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I’m 19 and have never really bothered with technology.

I know that is strange for a guy of my age but I would much rather read books or draw than waste hours online.

I occasionally use the family computer but I am not interested in having devices or social media accounts of my own.

My best friend recently met a girl online and he seems really happy.

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He told me all dating is done online now. He said: “No one texts any more. Even my gran Skypes.”

Am I limiting myself?

DEIDRE SAYS: Online dating has become more popular, particularly in lockdown. But many people still meet in traditional ways.

If you are looking for a loving, lasting relationship, these tend to be based on friendship.

Widening your social circle will give you the best chance of finding someone special, so look for local hobbies and events on meetup.com – if you can face going online briefly.

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