When we were younger, making friends was as simple as offering to share the sand pit on the playground. However as adulthood hits and your time becomes a precious commodity, we become pickier on how and who we choose to spend it with. Apart from family and significant others, friends play a key role in our lives, providing support and fulfilling our need for regular social interaction. However, thanks to modern technology, there are now more options if you want to find new friends through mobile apps. A relative veteran in the social scene, Meetup first launched as a website way back in before the ubiquity of smartphones. As its name goes, the goal of Meetup is to find various hobbyist activities in your area and form groups based on common interests.
Sometimes your social circle needs expanding. And regardless of the reasoning—like, whether you recently moved or left a toxic friendship—it never hurts to add to your girl gang. Insert: the Internet. Kind of cool, right? If you've ever used Bumble for dating, Bumble BFF is literally the same concept, just for platonic friends. You still make a profile with a few photos, add a quick bio, and then swipe right on your faves. The main difference is that the timer to start a conversation isn't gendered, so it's on either of you to make the first move before the match expires.
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The number of users online dating sites like Match. But would you use a matchmaking site to find female friends? The New York Times reported that more women are doing just that. Several sites have cropped up in the past five years to facilitate platonic meetups. The majority of them cater specifically to women.