So I was talking on the phone with an elder friend, and he asked me if I was seeing anyone. I explained my current situation: there are barely any girls in my department at university, and although I'm in a sports team where there are slightly more girls, dating within that community is implicitly frowned upon, and not something I want to take the risk for. Then my friend strongly recommended using an online dating website(similar to Tinder and relatively popular). At the time I laughed off the idea, saying I wasn't feeling too desperate. I also feel like I haven't recovered enough to start seeing girls with confidence, let alone those I initially meet online. But now I've started to wonder. It could provide me with opportunities to socialize with girls or even find a partner, when the time comes. Given the environment I'm in(I'll probably be here for at least 3,4 more years), would it hurt to stop hoping for something to happen and try a different method of talking to women? I haven't had any experience with online dating(and well...dating in general), so advice/opinions would help a lot, thanks.