How to Create New Lasting Friendships as an Adult

You don’t need to meet someone in real life before you can become friends. Apps and social media are also great places where you can connect with people who are interested in the same thing as you. AARP recommends connecting to Meetup, a social networking site for hosting in-person and online events and activities for individuals and communities with common interests, hobbies, and professions. Some other apps that help you find your Chandler’s Joey are Meet My Dog, where local dog owners schedule pet play dates, WINK, a Tinder version for friends, and VINA, a specially designed for female-dominated friendships, among others, by People Science. An online platform lets you meet new people with common interests from the comfort of your own home, where you can chat about everything from gardening tips to cooking recipes.

Making friends after entering adulthood is not easy. After many years in the school of hard knocks, adults are more self-aware than young people and take longer to trust. Additionally, most adults are overwhelmed with work and family obligations and lack the time to invest in friendships. However, no man is an island and we all need a friend. If you want to forge a meaningful and lasting friendship, you have to give it time. Be patient, have fun and try the methods we have mentioned. When the time is right, the stars will align.

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