Making Friends Online.

These days, there seem to be apps for everything dating, adventure-seekers, and book-lovers, but limited apps for making friends. Making friends when you’re younger just happens naturally. But making friends as an adult is more like seeing the dentist. You know you need to do it. You know it’s good for you, and once you’ve done it, you feel good about yourself. OK, so maybe I’m being dramatic, but unless you’re one of those natural social butterflies or if you’re like me who just hangs out inside their room, finding new people is tough. So, to cut to the chase and make some bona fide friends,here are some of the apps or social media accounts below can help.

Whatever your friend needs may be, there’s probably an app for you, waiting for you to download it.  You might even have some second thoughts on meeting these people in the future, because you’ll never know if they’re just cat fishing you. But here’s a tip from me and I know it’s weird but this is always a great conversation starter for me, ask them if they are a “40 year old man who is doing nothing in his basement.”

ATLETO

You’ve met all the people online but you haven’t met a fellow athlete or sports-lover. Whether you want to find a running buddy, working out is easier when you have a friend or person to hold you accountable, right? — or another person for a pick-up game of basketball, the options are endless, you’ll find at least one you’ll like. You can either join an activity or host one.

MEET MY DOG

Do you have a dog and want to meet other dog-owners, and not just at the dog park or randomly on the street? Well this app is the best for meeting new people and for your dog who just loves making new friends. Once you made a profile you can share info with other users, like vet or park advice, as well as post cute pics. And come on who doesn’t like cute dog pics?!

BUDDY PROJECT

And last but not least the Buddy Project. The Buddy Project is a non-profit movement to prevent suicide & self-harm by pairing people as buddies and raising awareness for mental health. All you need to have is a Twitter or Instagram account and an email, then you’re all set. This is for anyone who just needs a friend or someone to talk to, you do not need to be going through any type of mental illness to sign up for a buddy.  

In case you missed it, the older you get, the more some of your lifelong friends get busy with other life things. Yep, they’re adulting. You are too, though you may lose touch with them or see them less as your lives goes on different directions — even though you don’t want to replace them, per se, you also don’t want to stay inside alone… again. So make (online) friends while you still can, and you’ll never know maybe you’ll meet them someday.

3 thoughts on “Making Friends Online.

  1. An interesting and thought-provoking read, Alex. I did not know there were other apps beyond dating and the big social media applications. I personally think it is very difficult to make new friends as you get older, and it will only become more complicated. So, to meet new people in a social setting as a grown-up sounds like a great idea, and these apps will surely be of some help.

    There are only a few minor punctuation adjustments that can be made in this entry, but other than that, there isn’t much to critique. I think it is well-written and fun to read until the end. Very good job, Alex.

  2. I agree that making friends and connecting with people who share similar interests with you get’s tougher as you age. I’ve been so lucky to have met all of you in this program and become good friends. I’ve never used social media apps to connect with strangers in hopes to create a friendship. However, the idea does seem interesting. After graduation, many of us college students will be on our own and without much companionship. So it gives me some hope to know that others out there are also searching for friends via these apps. I think it’s really exciting to think that maybe you haven’t even met your best friend yet. You can’t be afraid to reach out and makes connections.

  3. Making friends in general can be tough but it definitely is tougher when you get older. Also if your not a very social person it can be even harder. I think the new and main way adults make friends is through apps and social media, its become the new normal way to start talking and meeting new people. I think that meeting people through apps can be interest because you can automatically make friends with the same interest as you. It’s also a great way to make connections for a multiple of reasons. I think you wrote this article pretty well Alex and I like the suggestions you made for the apps. Good job.

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