Making new friends isn’t always easy. I’ve gone for long periods without meeting new people because I was afraid to put myself out there. However, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t learn how to make new friends in your 20s – especially if you’re ready and willing to invest your time into a brand new friendship.
Joining a local group, attending nearby gigs, or going to networking meet-ups are some of the ways you can meet and make new friends. Other methods to use are through social media, chatting with locals in cafes, and simply putting yourself out there!
Learning how to make new friends in your 20s doesn’t need to be a hard, scary, or anxiety-filled experience. Because once you start analyzing yourself and putting yourself out there, things will flow naturally.
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1. Join a Group/Club
Joining local clubs or nearby groups is a great way to make new friends – not only in your 20s but at any age. Depending on your interests, locality, and affordability, some clubs can help increase your inner-circle and build long-lasting friendships.
Here are some ideas of groups/clubs you might want to join:
- Sports groups – Table tennis, Rowing, Golf
- Professional groups – Entrepreneurship, Millennial communities, etc
- Fitness clubs – Gym, walking groups, etc
- Moms/dads or parents-only groups
- Religion group
- Book-clubs / Local reading
2. Optimize Social Media Platforms
In this day and age, where technology is so prevalent, optimizing your social media platforms is a fantastic method to make new friends in your 20s. Social media platforms like Instagram, Tinder, Twitter, and Snapchat are useful methods of building new friendships – without the face-to-face awkwardness.
Using things like the explore page and locations on photos can help you find new people of interest – possibly leading to a friendship. From there, send them a message or keep the conversation light- and gauge if you’d get along with this person in real-life.
I’ve used social media multiple times to meet new friends and get to know others better, without having to meet them in real life prior.
3. Chat with Others in Local Cafes
Local cafes are popular hot-spots for millennials to meet others and make new friends. People go to cafes because it’s a mutual environment that offers comfortability and openness to chat with others – while enjoying a coffee and muffin at the same time.
4. Attend a Nearby Gig
Who doesn’t enjoy a few night-time festivities from time to time? Why not attend a nearby gig and make some new friends there! Music festivals, local-band night, or comedy events can be both fun and entertaining – while still being surrounded by others.
5. Go-to Networking Meet-ups
Going to networking meet-ups is a great option if you’ve been searching how to make new friends in your 20s that are professionals like yourself. Although the term networking can be a bit daunting for some – it doesn’t have to be that way.
Networking has multiple benefits to it; such as finding like-minded people in your field, vibing with those in your position, and maintaining business connections at the same time.
I’ve met some unique people through networking meetings, and although we may not be the best of buds – they’re certainly still in my life on a friendly/business level, which is better than having no-body at all!
6. Put Yourself Out There
You must realize that you’ll need to put yourself out there when making new friends – at least to some degree. You can’t sit back and expect people to come into your life, and magically be best-buds when you haven’t actively done anything in the process.
I understand it can be scary or frightening to speak to strangers – but I promise you, some of my most special adult friendships came with a bit of courage and speaking out. (This is coming from an introvert too…)
You don’t need to be the life of the party to make friends, but you should use your interpersonal skills to at least start a conversation. And remember, some people might be feeling the EXACT way that you do – so why not jump into the deep end? You have nothing to lose!
7. Be Ok With Being Alone
On a side-note of making friends, it’s important to remember to be ok with being alone – that making new friends isn’t the be-all and end-all.
There’s nothing wrong with being alone, especially if you’re in a transitioning period of your life. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you feel pressured to make new friends – because, in life, everything happens for a reason at divine timing.
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