Although you’re constantly surrounded by other people when you live in a big city, it’s common to feel lonely and isolated. There are so many individuals running around and getting on with their daily activities that it isn’t as easy to create connections as it might be in a smaller, slower-paced environment. If you’re a big-city dweller and having difficulty making new friends, you aren’t alone. Check out the five methods below for meeting new people and you’ll be surrounded by a group of friends before you know it.
Meet Up With Others Who Have Similar Interests
If you haven’t already signed up for meetup.com, then you’re really missing out. Meetup was created to bring people together in thousands of cities across the world. Once you’re on the site or app, you can search for a meetup in your area based on your likes or interests. This gives you a chance to connect with others in your city who share the same passions as you. Sign up for a writing meetup, a networking meetup, or simply a social club meetup and you’ll be meeting new people in no time.
Start Swiping Right
While dating apps have a reputation for being just for hookups, that’s really not the case anymore. A recent study found that 38% of men and 44% of women using dating apps are looking for a serious, long term relationship. A significant percentage also use these apps to find new friends. Even if you are in a committed relationship, you can use these apps to make friends. Bumble BFF is a popular source for meeting friends of the same gender.
Volunteer for a Good Cause and Gain a Good Friend
Let’s be honest, volunteering is always a good idea; it can improve your outlook on life, help you in your career, and give you a sense of purpose. One of the greatest benefits of volunteering is the connections you can make with other good natured people. If you’re unsure of how to find the right volunteering opportunities, check out volunteermatch.org, which lets you narrow down results based on your interest and your area.
Join a Sports League
It can be hard to find the time to balance everything on your to-do list. When you need to make time for friends, work, yourself, dating, and exercising one thing or another usually gets dropped. The great thing about joining an adult sports league is that you are knocking out two birds with one stone: exercise and time with friends. Even if you aren’t athletic, there are leagues that are focused more on the fun (and the drinks after the games) than the score of the game.
Make the First Move
We all have those people that we see on a regular basis but don’t do much more than create small talk (or sometimes completely ignore them). You know that neighbor that you always pass in the hall, the stranger that you see on your morning commute, or the coworker that you think you would probably click with? Take matters in your own hands and start conversations with them. If things go well, don’t be afraid to ask them to spend time with you outside of your normal run-ins.
There are all kinds of fun activities in a big city, but it gets lonely if you don’t have someone to experience them with. Follow the tips above and you’ll have a full social schedule and a wide network of friends in no time!