How to make friends in your twenties
It’s not easy to make friends in your twenties. You’re busy, you’ve got things to do, and you don’t have the time or energy for meaningless obligations. When it comes down to it though, making friends is one of the most rewarding experiences out there. It can be hard though! I mean, who has time for all that? Well, I’m here to tell you that if you want more friends then go ahead and make them happen. Here are some tips on how to meet people in your twenties:
- Be brave. If you’re too shy to go out and try to meet people, your chances of making friends are slim to none. But don’t worry—there are ways to get over this fear. If you need help in the beginning, join a sports team or take an acting class (or both!).
- Get online. The internet is a great place for making friends; it’s especially useful if you’re not interested in face-to-face interactions or live in an area where socializing is difficult. There are tons of websites connecting people with common interests such as hobbies or causes they care about, so check out what’s available near you!
- Don’t forget about your current circle of friends! Your current friends may have other friends who wouldn’t mind meeting someone new; plus if they know more than one person who’s looking for someone similar then there are even better odds that everyone will hit it off right away!
Go to an event by yourself.
Going to a new event on your own is scary! But it’s also a great way to meet people. You can always bring a friend along later, but first you have to go by yourself. What if you don’t meet anyone? Well, that’s fine too—you’ll still be able to enjoy yourself and maybe even make some connections with other attendees who are also there alone.
Do things you love and do them often.
- Do things you love and do them often. Making friends is easier when you’re having fun, because people are more likely to remember your name and ask how you’re doing—and that’s what starts a friendship. The more often you do something, the more likely it is that others who like doing the same thing will notice your presence and come say hello!
So find an activity or hobby (or three) that brings out your inner child and dive in headfirst. Make new friends by joining a local club or sports team, starting a book club, volunteering at an animal shelter or soup kitchen… the possibilities are endless!
Another great way to meet people and develop a sense of purpose is through volunteering. You can volunteer at a local charity, or even become an active member of your college’s student government association. Volunteering will help you make new friends, learn useful skills like organization and leadership, and give you something to talk about during networking events.
If you feel like staying in your hometown but want to try something different than volunteering at another college, consider starting up a book club or fun activities group with some of the other young adults in your town!
Make eye contact.
- Make eye contact.
- Don’t be afraid to look at people.
- Don’t stare at them like a serial killer, though. Just enough so that you know they can tell you’re making eye contact with them.
- Be confident when you do this.
Become a regular.
This is the most obvious way to make friends: go to the same places and do the same things. You’re not going to bump into people who you don’t know if you only go out on one night a week, or if your social circle is entirely made up of people from work or school. If you want to meet new people, make sure that you strike a balance between seeing old friends and making new ones.
The more times that you visit a bar or restaurant or event, the more likely it will be that someone will recognize you there—and they might even say hello! If they don’t say hello right away, it might take them another week or two until they remember who exactly it was that they saw at this place last time around (which may seem like an eternity when trying to get acquainted with someone).
So remember: even though we all love our routines (go figure), don’t let them limit your opportunities for getting out there and having fun!
Find ways to meet people and you’ll find friends.
Finding friends is all about finding the right groups of people. If you’re in your twenties, it’s likely that everyone around you is going through similar experiences. For example, college graduates are all trying to figure out what they want to do in life. Join clubs or organizations where there are a lot of people who have similar interests and goals as you—you may just find someone who becomes your lifelong friend!
The most important thing when making friends is finding people at the same stage in life as yourself. You’ll never really connect with someone older than 20 years old or younger than 50 years old; therefore, if someone falls within these parameters (or close), then chances are high that you’ll get along well with them.
If you’re feeling lonely and you want to make friends, it can seem like a daunting task. But don’t lose hope! We’ve outlined some of the best ways for you to meet people and get involved in your community so that all it takes is a little bit of bravery and time. From there, you can find all kinds of ways to connect with others—from going out on dates or hanging out at parties with friends until they become more than acquaintances. The most important thing is to remember that everyone goes through this process at some point in their lives; we all need help sometimes! So don’t be afraid to reach out if need be: we’re here for each other 🙂