It's low IQ to approach without explicit signs of intereat, no offense to you
Well, like I've always said, I'm low IQ and low inhibition. Also my logic was that as long as I had even say, a 0.3 percent chance, all I had to do was play numbers game, approach women at or below my looks level, and that mathematically I'd eventually find someone. In addition to being low IQ and low inhibition, I'm also stubborn, so I ended up approaching way more women than I should have.
II assume the culture was different back then, but these days that would get you arrested or at least posted on social media and made a pariah.
That's actually a good point. The lion's share of my cold approaches were done in 2005-2007. Back then, cold approaching was just seen as a nuisance rather than "harassment". You wouldn't get in trouble as long as:
1. There was no touching
2. You didn't say anything sexual or offensive
3. You knew when to walk away
I never broke any of those rules. I did get some really harsh rejections, like "get your ugly ass out of here" "go drink some rat poison" "no one likes you" "ew what the fuck why is your face so busted?" (and yes, these were specific things told to me) and so on but I never got in any legal trouble or made a pariah. These days, a zoomer doing what I did would likely end up a pariah. Maybe there's an argument to be made that theres a middle ground. That you should ideally have some cold approaches under your belt, but you shouldn't approach women in the massive numbers that I did. Maybe a few dozen cold approaches or so.
Then again, now that I think about it, even that might be too risky as I've recently seen a lot of videos where women set up cameras at the gym and complain about men even glancing at them.
I guess my advice to any zoomers cold approaching would be to be aware of your surroundings and know when to take a hint and walk away. If she's only giving one word replies, get out of there ASAP and don't even look at her again. Though maybe even that advice is out of touch for 2023.
All that said, none of this changes the fact that the lack of experience with rejection is one of the main reasons the newer generation of incels (in the incelosphere, not everyday bluepilled incels) aren't as blackpilled. It's one thing to read something on the internet or watch some videos, but to actually experience it for yourself gives you a level of understanding you just can't otherwise get. My generation of blackpillers (which are all gone) learned the blackpill through trial and error. Studies and dating website experiments (we did those on okcupid and plentyoffish) were just supplemental.
You'd be very hard pressed to find anyone in the incelosphere that approached many women who downplays the importance of looks like a lot of these basement dwelling autists do.