Get (more) active on social media. Twitter is a great place to meet new people without ever having to leave your house! You can also use Instagram and Facebook, or whatever other social media platform is popular among your age group. I personally prefer Twitter because it’s super easy to search by hashtag and join the conversation without having to friend someone first. Are you following someone really funny who you’d love to meet in person? Strike up a friendly conversation and make a new bestie! One minute you’re complaining about the latest Game of Thrones death to your timeline, and then before you know it, you’re planning a viewing party with your followers!
Stop waiting for friends to find you! This article is called how to make friends, not how to magically attract new friends. Making friends is hard work, and you can’t expect to suddenly have an extra lit social life without putting in any effort of your own. Make the first move, and text someone with plans to hang out. Invite someone to go to a play or show with you. Or if you’re feeling extra brave, go alone and start a conversation with someone you meet there. After all if they’re there, at least you know they share the same interest as you! It might be awkward at first, but it’ll definitely pay off in the long run.
Look in new places. Your future bestie could be your coworker, someone in your church, or even a distant friend of a friend. You never know! Open yourself up to new friend possibilities. If you’re on a strictly “good morning” basis with your coworkers, try asking more questions about their weekends and sharing about yours, to see if there’s a possibility for a new friend there.
Remember: friendship takes time! It’s possible that after just one conversation, you’ll be instant friends. But it’s probably not going to work out that way, and that’s fine! It might take months to go from casual acquaintance to friend, and there might be some lulls and dry patches in between. Don’t let it discourage you though.