Meeting new people

on Feb 14, 2008 @ 12:06 am

What are the best ways to meet new people. I don't mean dating, but just ways to make some new friends. Work and life take up a lot of time, and not everyone has the time to add in a scheduled hobby as a means to find people with the same interests.

I find the older you get the harder it is to make new friends, especially in a city where you didn't grow up.

Has anyone found any online 'friend' sites? Everything I've seen sells dating or sex.

Any advise would be appreciated.


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I hear ya! on Feb 14, 2008 @ 11:34 am

I moved to Toronto from Alberta after University and found that it is not that easy to meet new people...If you are in school it is a lot easier because you share the same classes and if you are in a program you like, you share the same interests as some of your classmates who also chose the program!

I have met most of the people I know through work...joining a gym (Flirty Girl Fitnesss) and Chickadvisor! I have also learned to step outside my comfort zone a bit and go out to things people invite me to. For instance, I went to this random person's bday dinner get together (where I barely knew anyone) and met one of my very best friends today there!

I am not sure about online 'friend' sites because as you said there would be a lot of people joining just to see if they can 'pick up'. Sites like this one are great though because you have a common interest and when they have their get togethers you can meet the people you have been reviewing stuff with or discussing stuff with.


make time on Feb 14, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

Hi DeaCerte! I moved out to California 4 years ago for a new job ... I knew no one! I agree, good friendships are harder to come by as you get older. Like MizzRobin indicates, in college you meet folks of similar interests through classes or clubs. Outside of college, its no different.

You indicated you don't always have time to meet people through "scheduled" hobbies. To me the answer is to MAKE TIME. The people you meet through similar interests tend to be the lasting friendships. If solid friendships are what you're looking for, then its worth the time investment to hone that skill or hobby.

Since I've moved here the friends I've made are through rock climbing, mountain biking, road cycling, and knitting! Don't let work define your life. Get out there and do the things you love. That's where your new friends are, too.

Anonymous on Feb 16, 2008 @ 01:50 pm

Hi, kijiji classifieds has a "friends only" section. There are legit ads for friends only but be warned men still try to use it as a pick up spot. I've never used it myself but have browsed the ads once for fun. I suppose as with any on-line thing you never know what you're getting into. I believe you can specify the city.

Art Classes on Mar 02, 2008 @ 07:02 pm

I moved to Columbus, OH from just outside of Toronto in October. I've made friends at work, but sometimes, you just need people in your life that you don't see on a day to day basis in the office.

I create my own art, but have always been interested in trying out new techniques. I recently signed up for a ceramics class, which started up last week. Since everyone there is at the same level, you automatically have something to start talking about.

The key, really, is to be the person who makes the first move. Invite people out, over, whatever. Show them you want to be friends. Most will respond positively, and the people who don't? You don't need them in your life anyway.

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