Pre-internet, traditional ways included introduction by mutual friends, meeting in places of worship, community events, volunteering. Classes, special interest groups and parties should not be discounted and may even have positive results as there would already be a base of some commonalities, be it religion, friends or hobbies.
However, when the opportunity arises when one meets an eligible man or woman of the opposite sex, often, it does not go beyond the first hello and pleasantries.
Could it be that Cupid’s arrow blunts with age?
Bearing that in mind, when it comes to the other party, while they should not be repulsive to you perhaps given a little time to get to know them, their personality may emerge and could well be a determining factor that supersedes looks.