Having friends is a big part of having a happy life. Even if you consider yourself to be extremely introverted, we all need someone that we can talk to from time to time and vent our problems.
For some people, making friends is not as easy as it is for others. Social anxiety and general shyness are very common these days, especially during a time period when we have all been encouraged to stay away from people and stick with ourselves.
When you were in school, it was pretty easy to make friends as you were forced into an environment where you had to speak to people and so it was easier to build that connection. Making friends outside of education is much harder and as you become an adult, it becomes far more difficult to connect with people as you are not always put into situations where making friends is easy.
If you are having a hard time making friends in the real world, you could always try and make friends online. People tend to think making friends online is not the same as having friends in person, but for some people, it can be much better. You are much more likely to share common interests with the people that you meet online, which means that you are much more likely to have a deeper connection with them.
If you have never made friends online, then you may have no idea where to even start. Here are some simple techniques that you can use to make some friends online.
One of the most popular platforms used by regular internet users is Discord. All over the internet, you can find links to different discords that cover different categories. Say you are a gamer, you can find discords full of people that play all of your favorite games and have a lot to say about it.
You can join these Discords and jump straight into a conversation. If a group is open, they are very welcoming to new people and they will try and get new members involved in discussions and debates. If you are not sure what to say to the people in the chat, you could always play some games with them or even ask them some trivia. Everyone loves trivia as it gets you thinking and allows for a debate.
If you notice that there is a radio constantly playing on your Discord, you could always follow on from this with some music trivia questions. If you do not know many questions yourself, you will be happy to know that you can find some music trivia questions with ans throughout the internet, which you will be able to put in any of your groups and start a discussion.
There are groups for making friends
If you look on a social media platform such as Facebook, something that you will quickly notice is that there are a lot of people on these platforms that are eager to make some friends. These people tend to make their very own groups where people can reach out to them and get to know them.
All that you need to do is do a quick search on the platform and you are bound to find groups full of people that are eager to make friends. If you join these groups and post an introductory status, people will respond and maybe even message you.
Something that you have to remember when making friends online is to be careful. You never really know who someone online is, so when you are chatting with new people, do not give away any of your personal information and stay safe.