The world has turned into a global village where social networking allows us to connect with people who are thousands of miles away.
On the other hand, it has become challenging to cultivate meaningful relationships or find new friends within your geographical vicinity, as you grow older.
There are numerous reasons one might need to make new friends. Moving to a new city, drifting away from old pals due to work/family commitments, or wanting to experience the sheer excitement of mingling with new people can be some of them.
Regardless of your reasons, many exciting apps can help you find new people and forge enduring friendships.
App store is full of apps which can help you discover like-minded people who are also looking to have some fun, without the added pressure of being on a date. Following are six such amazing apps:
The area you choose to build a home in can represent who you are as a person as well as your inherent preferences. Therefore, the best people to socialize with can sometimes be your neighbors.
However, your fast-paced life might make it almost impossible to run into people from your neighborhood.
Nextdoor functions as a private social media network for people living within a community. In addition to socializing, Nextdoor can also be useful for finding a babysitter or gardener, gathering or posting information about a local event, or discovering classified ads and local recommendations.
It is also ideal for connecting with your neighbors in case you have recently moved to a new area.
Nextdoor is free to download and available for both iOS and Android users.
Meetup aims to bring together people who share common interests. It works in thousands of cities and helps you discover relevant events happening nearby.
The intuitive app provides you with up to 24 categories including, music, outdoor and adventure, food and drink, dance, beliefs, etc. You just have to select a category and the dates of availability, and the app will display exciting events based on the provided details and your location.
Moreover, you can also connect with others attending the same events through messaging and carve more opportunities to connect with new people.
Meetup is free to download and available for both iOS and Android users.
Bumble BFF is an offshoot of the iconic Bumble dating app, but it helps you find friends instead of dates. You can set up a profile where you can describe yourself in a short paragraph, along with your pictures.
By mutually swiping right for each other, the app provides you with a window of 24 hours to message each other and discover a potential new friend.
Since Bumble BFF is a spin-off of an already popular app, it experienced one million swipes (the gesture helps you find your next friend) in the first week. If you already use Bumble, select New Friends when prompted to choose who you are looking for and the app will direct you to Bumble BFF.
Bumble BFF is free to download and available for both iOS and Android users, with in-app purchases ranging from $1.99 to $199.99.
Patook is an innovative app that uses a points systems and algorithms to help you connect with people with similar interests. To begin using the app, you have to create your profile and rank various traits including gender, interests, values, etc. based on your preference.
The app then shows you people who have accumulated the maximum number of points according to your rankings. You can then initiate socializing through messages.
Moreover, the app uses artificial intelligence to detect lulls in conversation and flirting, which is strictly not allowed and can ban you from using the app. You can also apply privacy settings to your profile to limit its exposure to certain people.
Patook is free to download and available for both iOS and Android users.
Hey! Vina is geared towards encouraging and empowering women to establish lasting ties with each other. It is similar to Tinder where you have the swipe right to meet new friends, but you can only use it to connect with other, like-minded, females.
You can use the app to discover women who have the same values and goals as you, to acquire a strong support system. Furthermore, the app offers interactive quizzes and insightful articles on the Vinazine.
It motivates women to surround them with the best kind of people, who can help them live a fulfilled life.
Hey! Vina is free to download and available for both iOS and Android users.
Meet New Friends
Are you looking to make new friends while on a road trip across the country, or want to chat with someone interesting while you are getting bored at home? Meet New Friends by airG is another incredible app that allows you to interact with compatible people from a pool of almost 100 million members globally.
You can browse for friends by specifying your age, location, interests, and so on. The airG spam free app allows you to flirt as well in case you want to transform your casual friendship into something more serious.
The apps mentioned above can help you discover new acquaintances and forge new bonds in a surprisingly easy way. You can cultivate enduring relationships with people who share your thoughts and interests, even with those who are living in another country.
However, regardless of how popular an app is, when using a socializing app, always tread with caution and make sure that you are interacting with the right kind of people.
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