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How to Make Adult Friends

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

In today's society of the entire world being connected with the click of a button, it would be easy to come to the conclusion that being able to make adult friends would be easy. In no other time have we been able to keep in contact so easily with people that are half way around the world. The world is just one big open friendship invite. Unfortunately the reality is very different for the picture of a utopia of adult friends.
Many grown ups find themselves feeling isolated and alone because of the lack of adult friends. This can lead to depression. You may look at this reality and wonder why it was so easy to meet new people and to make connections when you were younger. The truth is that making adult friends is very different from being in the school yard. You actually need to approach making adult friends like you do dating if you want to be successful at it.
Step One
Join groups of people who would share common interests to make adult friends. This could be a group based around a hobby that you have like bicycling. There are also groups based around where you are at in your life. An example of this would be a single parents' group. To make adult friends, you need to find groups that are active. This will give you events to go to for meeting new people.
Step Two
Ask people that you already know to introduce you to new people. Think of this as networking taken to a level of being able to make adult friends. There is a good chance that these new people will even share some common interests with you. It is these beginning connections that can help you build a great last friendship. The key is to ask people about who they know. You will never know who you will meet until you take the time to ask.
Step Three
Follow up with the adult friends that you do meet. Many times you have met someone new and then never hear from them again. Perhaps, they said that they would email you but you never got a message. This does not mean that they did not want to hang out. as we grow up, it is easy to get so busy that you let things slip. So if you do not hear from some new adult friends within a week, send them a message inviting them out for a coffee. You will be surprised at how happy they are to have heard from you. Just think about how busy and hectic your life can get when you are sending that follow up message.
Making adult friends takes more time and effort then it did when you were in grade school. Gone are the days of sharing a cookie at snack time and being best friends by the end of the day. You need to focus on meeting the right people when you are trying to add to your adult friends. Once you have the new people, it is up to you to make the effort to take it to the next level. As you build the foundations of the relationship, you will see how it was not as hard as you once thought it would be.



Jul 15, 2010 9:41pm
Regularly attending parties of the friends you have also helps introduce you other adults. And since the initial common factor is the host or hostess of the party, it is easy to start the conversation by asking "how do you know (insert friend's name)." I've met many people over the years this way who ends up being my personal friends as well.
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