How to Make Friends Online

During the early moments of the Internet, it has been strongly advised for people to not meet someone they met online in person, for safety purposes. But nowadays, meeting friends have gone entirely digital, exchanging thoughts and stories in front of the laptop. It has been said that making friends online has disadvantages, because the essence of truly socializing with someone is already gone. However, if you are someone who is not comfortable with meeting someone in person for the first time, then making friends online can be a perfect option for you.

How To Be More Friendly And Social

If becoming like this is one of your goals, here are some general pointers on how to act like a more friendly, social person. A quickie definition of 'friendly' could be being nice to, and interested in, other people. I'd define 'social' as spending a fair amount of time with other people and enjoying it.

The points in this article describe behaviors. If someone is naturally in a mood where they like people and are interested in everyone, many of the actions below will come naturally to them. The thing is having a certain disposition is easier said than done. However, regardless of how you're feeling, you can still carry out these friendly and social behaviors in the situations where you've decided doing so is important for you.

How To Get Back In Touch With An Old Friend

A lot of people feel it's awkward and a little nerve racking to try to get back in touch with a friend they haven't spoken to in a while. What often happens is someone will want to drop an old buddy a line, but then they'll think, "It will be so weird sending them an email out of nowhere. How will they react to it? Will they wonder why I'm writing them now? What if we don't have anything to say to each other?" So they'll put it off. But then a few months later when they're mulling over the idea again they'll think, "Well now it's been even longer since we last spoke. It will seem extra inappropriate and random to contact them." It's an easy thing to procrastinate on, and it only feels harder to do the more time has passed.

35 Ways to Create Lasting Friendships

Do you have good friends? Do you make friends easily or is it hard work?
I’ve collected 35 tips for you on how to create lasting friendships.
Some of the tips are about finding friends, others are about how to deepen a friendship once it’s formed. Finally there are some points on how to repair a friend.
A friend recently said to me:
“What if I were to get convicted of a crime – even if I’m innocent – and get put in jail for ten years. Who would be at the gates when I’m released?”
Could you rely on some of your friends to be there if that happened to you?

What’s your definition of a friend?
Zen Master John Tarrant says the following  in this book Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life

How to Make Friends And Get a Social Life

A fairly common social issue people have is that they're not sure how to make friends and put together a social life for themselves. There are quite a few ways someone can find themselves in this situation:
  • They've moved to a new city and don't know very many people yet.
  • They've been in a long-term relationship and have let their social life wither.
  • Their old friends have slowly been dropping out of the picture (moving away, busy with work or a new family, etc.) and haven't been replaced by new ones.
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