If you moving to a totally new place and having a friend count of zero.
Sometimes, it's hard to make new friends, or you don't know where to start.
So, here are a couple of tips for making new friends:
#1 Join online communities.
Peruse social media, especially Facebook and Reddit, for online groups that reflect your interests and your area.
#2 Use apps.
Take the dating app formula and apply it to friendship, because why should you only be swiping for a romantic partner?
#3 Lean into your hobbies.
There might be lots of ways to turn a seemingly solitary hobby into something that allows you to meet new people.
or take a class and find a new hobby.
No existing hobbies? No problem! Spend some time learning that thing that you always thought sounded cool but never had the time for. It was fun and a great way to hang out with people.
#4 Organize your own group.
Unfortunately, there might not be an existing network for what you're interested in, but fortunately, that means you get to make it!
#5 Join a sports team.
Social sports are recreational sports leagues for adults. There is just as much emphasis on socializing as there is on playing. Social sports leagues can be competitive, but they’re just as likely to be for fun. The point of playing in a social sport is for the fun of it!
#6 Join a book club.
If books are a bit too much of a time commitment, you can also look into essay, movie, or poetry clubs.
#7 Volunteer in your community.
Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even stay healthy.
#8 Go places solo and meet people there.
See an event that you're super interested in but don't have anyone to go with? Go solo! You'll meet people there or have an awesome time by yourself.
#9 Reach out to people within your existing network.
Whether it's asking that coworker you think is funny to go out for drinks or posting on social media asking for connections in a new city, there's a chance that you might know someone already who is your ticket to Friend Town.
#10 Be yourself!
You're an adult, you don't need to be friends with people unless they're adding value to your life. You have nothing to lose by being your true, authentic self.
We're in the middle of a pandemic, so please wear a mask, stay safe, and stay home.
This article it’s not suggesting you meet up right NOW.
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