Dating with a purpose
My social circle is fairly small and those I do know are in established relationships with their own families.
Simply put, it's very rare that I interact with people who I don't already know.
Although I go out and about in my down time, I am usually focused on an activity/activities which I do alone.
but genuine", which is an absurd fantasy and doesn't exactly describe me.
My oldest friends and my family all live in a different country across an ocean, so they can't set me up (which is frankly what I need).
Most of the women I see are students and that's typically not good for dating.
I am thinking your odds might be a lot higher by just going to any place where people are, even if it involves driving a bit, and start talking to random women that you are attracted to.
At the very least, you get to practice approaching women, which should give your self confidence a boost.
Plentyoffish dating forums are a place to meet singles and get dating advice or share dating experiences etc.