If you have anxiety and are seeing a therapist, bring this up.They may be able to get you to think more in-depth about what exactly you feel so nervous about when it comes to going on a date. Try interacting with people in low pressure situations.Remember that we are the largest free online dating service, so you will never have to pay a dime to meet your soulmate.I have struggled to find many people online in this situation which I find surprising. I've recently given up going to pubs and clubs because I used to just get drunk get a one night stand or possibly a number but it would never lead anywhere because I was too shy to follow up with a date. Apart from the girl situation and not being able to make new friends easily I've survived on old friends I made when I was more confident which was years ago.
I'm not really sure how online dating makes rejection less scary.So if you are too shy to date, the reality and cruelty of the world is this "good, that is one less idiot out there and making more room for US the type of guys that keep trying to overcome all our misgivings and pushing forward and find a date."And realize that most guys also have things that they have to overcome, but instead of using them to justify your inaction, make it and inspiration to propel you into action.You may have chronic social anxiety which is a treatable condition have you sought professional help??I also get shy about meeting people on here in real life I don't know why I think it's because I just naturally get nervous and I can't get out of that comfort zone.I am a big introvert so would rather stay in and do nothing it's got to the point where I've had to let girls down on dates and I didn't even feel bad about it.