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    As a shy and sometimes socially awkward 30 something year old I tend to find it hard to meet new people. what have been your best success in getting to meet new people?

  • #2
    Do you mean in real life as opposed to on interpals? I've had great success with meetup.com. I recently moved and did some outdoor activities with a few groups and ended up with friends who I can go socialize with etc. Also, even going to activities and meeting people you don't like will make you appreciate your 'alone' time *much* more . Good luck!

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    • #3
      I'm an introvert, shy, and I think I have a little social anxiety, so making friends IRL is hard for me too. One thing that I do is that I force myself to attend meetups. I feel horrible going there and for like the first 10 minutes, but then I meet great people and I'm glad that I went. I have made some very good friends through meetups. The meetups that I have gone to have been great and have gotten me out of my comfort zone. I also try not to limit my friends to people my age. One of my best friends is someone who is almost 15 years older than me. I also have some very good friends who are college students.

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      • #4
        Send 'em all shy girls to me - I'll make 'em not

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        • #5
          I am a shy person too,however god gave me a little sense of humor,it helps me to make jokes,I am sometimes surprised to find that people like me,maybe it is my defence reaction or something,but it helps me to impress a stranger,but after that I start feeling awkward,not knowing the next step and then just vanishing from the sight(

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          • #6
            What are your hobbies? Your interests? If it is something that can get you out and about, do it.

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            • #7
              Here in Russia there is such a cool thing like anticafe. You may pay only for the time you have spent here, tea\coffee\cookies are for free. There are some clubs, board game\gamers\ art classes \dance classes\(again - you usually should pay only for the time you spend here). Young teachers, artists, other specialists use those workshops to promote themselves; visitors have a good time and pay less. It's quite a nice way to meet new people even if you are extremely shy.
              So if there is something similar in your country I highly recommend it.
              Also, if you want to find a girlfriend - a lot of girls and women like hobbies, art classes and so on.

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              • #8
                Take Roger for a walk.

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                • #9
                  It happens occasionally, isn't it?

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                  • #10
                    I don’t have a problem talking to people. Well, most of the time it really depends on the situations I’m in.
                    I will admit I sometimes just sit off to the side and remain quiet. Mostly due to me thinking the topic or people are just stupid.
                    The poise of being the quiet guy for some reason make me unapproachable apparently. Times like this I just get drunk if alcohol is available.
                    In regards to Interpal.net, I feel it’s such a popularity game. It may be due to the fact that I’m 30, married and who knows what else.
                    I commonly refer to searching through people as ,‘fishing,’. Hoping to reel in an interested person.
                    I’ve met one so far whom has at least continued to talk to me of which I greatly enjoy.
                    I feel this saturation of even beyond a shadow of a doubt of bedding a foreigner is ruining this site.
                    Who knows it could just be my face or something. I understand and respect people’s wishes not wanting to talk to me
                    because of whatever reason. Even after so long of , ‘fishing,’it seems to be going well past the point of mere coincidences.
                    Here I thought the rest of the world was alittle more , ‘cultured.’

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                    • #11
                      I have made some very good friends through meetups.

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