These days, there seem to be apps for everything — dating, adventure-seekers, and book-lovers. Perhaps you’ve tried Meetup groups, but they’re too intimidating or have too many members — you just want something more low-key.And, yes, you can “befriend” people on dating apps, but if the initial intent was to date, a “friend” from there may have ulterior motives.So, to cut to the chase and make some bona fide friends, the apps below can help.
ICYMI, the older you get, the more some of your lifelong friends get busy with other life things, like getting married, having kids, or moving across the country. You are, too, though you may lose touch with them or see them less as your lives go different directions — even though you don’t want to replace them, per se, you also don’t want to stay inside alone… Luckily, with a lot of the apps below, you can tailor them to your needs, whether you want to find a group of friends to go out with last-minute (via Tinder Social), fellow athletes to organize a beach volleyball game (via ATLETO), or find a new best friend (via Bumble BFF). The app launched Tinder Social, which allows users to form groups of friends (same-sex or co-ed, whichever you prefer) to match and meet up with other people’s groups of friends. If you’re no longer on Tinder — i.e., you met someone — you can rejoin just for the new “social” aspect.You can even join an app for your dog to meet up with other dogs (via Meet My Dog). ) Whatever your friend needs may be, there’s probably an app for you, waiting for you to download it. It reminds me a lot of Meetup groups, only way smaller ones that you hand-select.Once you form a group of 2-4 people, you assign a status to the group, like “Happy Hour, anyone?” or “Going to a concert tonight.” Then, just like with regular Tinder, let the matching begin.
Once your group matches with another group, you can start messaging each other, which looks a lot like a group text.Then, just make plans to do something tonight — yep, tonight, since your group will expire at noon the next day.Have you always wanted an app to meet fellow athletes and sports-lovers? Whether you want to find a running buddy — working out’s easier when you have a friend or person to hold you accountable, right?