Meeting new people can often be difficult, but with a little help from the internet, the process can be a bit less painful. It can be particularly hard to meet new people when you move to a new town. Or if friends move away, or if you just want to form a new group of friends or meet a potential friend who shares a common interest, it can sometimes seem awful trying to meet new people.
There are a lot of apps and websites for finding romantic partners, but there are also plenty of ways to make a new best friend through the power of the internet. Here are just a few ways you can use the internet to find a new friend!
Meetup is a website (with an accompanying app) that’s been around for more than a decade. Meetup is a great way to connect with people who have something in common with you. On Meetup, you can join different groups that are based around certain interests and then meet regularly with the group members. There are Meetups for people who like Harry Potter, enjoy hiking, want to discuss romance novels, and just about anything you can think of. If the Meetup doesn’t exist yet, you can just create it yourself.
Meetups happen in whatever location works best—a park, a party room, a library, wherever it works. Members of the group let everyone else know whether they’re going to each event, and they can also add a description of themselves in their profile so other group members can learn a little about them.
There are Meetups all across the United States. Just choose a category and enter your city to see what’s available near you, or perform a search for a specific interest. Then actually go to the meetings! You’ll get to interact face-to-face with people who have something in common with you and who are purposely trying to meet up with other people. It’s perfect for making new BFFs.
Join Facebook groups
There are Facebook groups for absolutely everything, so why not meet new friends through one? Try looking for certain interests with your city’s name tacked onto the end. Or just search for your specific city and state and see what pops up under the Groups results.
There are often local groups for people who share interests. For instance, I’m part of a local group of vegetarians (though I never quite make it to the get-togethers, sadly). There are groups for people who play certain tabletop games or read certain books. Search around on Facebook, find some that interest you, and get a feel on whether group members like to meet up. Then make sure to show up!
Find Facebook events
Facebook events are a great way to get out and meet new people. You can search through local Facebook events and find plenty of events to go to. Events like art shows and theater performances can lead to forming friendships. Just go to local events and talk to the people you encounter. You’re all at the same event, so you already know something you have in common.
You can also find events for things like upcoming flashmobs or social activism opportunities. These are also good ways to meet likeminded people while doing something fun or important.
Look for volunteer opportunities
Volunteering is important for many reasons, most importantly the fact that there are people in need all across the world. While you’re volunteering, you can also strike up conversation with the people alongside you. Look for volunteering opportunities that you really care about. Then you’ll not only be doing good for others, you’ll also be able to talk about something you’re passionate about. Keep volunteering regularly and get to know your fellow volunteers—you’ll be helping others while involving yourself in the community.
Join a non-dating service
Yes, there are websites and apps for people who just want to find a new friend (nothing more). Hey! VINA is one that is specifically for women to find female friends. Wiith is available for men and women to find friends. And there’s also FriendMatch, which helps people find local friends and friends from elsewhere. All these websites are meant to learn about you and help match you with compatible friends in your area. As always, exercise caution with match-up websites—but try them out and see who you can find!