Being introverted, shy, or antisocial can be a recipe for disaster for people when trying to meet new people. The thought of meeting new people can cause people unnecessary anxiety and make them think about the worst possible outcome. You might think that putting yourself out there and meeting new friends and potential romantic partners is a pain. Well, we’re here to combat those negative feelings, because meeting new people is a great thing! Here are some helpful, easy ways to meet new people.
1. Get online.
Some people are immediately turned off when they’re told they should network online, but if you do this, you’re shutting yourself off to millions of people meeting opportunities. The internet is filled with people just like you that want to meet new people, but don’t know where to begin. Apps, dating sites, social media and even games can help you connect with others you never would have met otherwise. Hey, as we like to say, don’t diss it till you try it.
Traveling alone might sound like a punishment, but it’s an amazing opportunity. Aside from gaining independence, soaking in new cultures and gaining priceless experiences, traveling is an awesome opportunity to meet people. Hostels are practically everywhere and provide a sense of communities for people who are travelling. Also, being in a new city or country means you’re around all new strangers, so you don’t have to stress too much about messing up, because you won’t see them ever again if you don’t want to.
3. Go to events.
Stop using the excuse “I don’t want to go alone” as a reason not to go to that concert or art show you’re dying to attend. It’s 2015, and it’s no longer weird to do things on your own. Likewise, it’s not weird to want to meet people while attending these events. Going to events that interest you means that you’ll meet other people that have similar tastes as you, which automatically gives you both some common ground.
4. Take a class.
Remember back in grade school and college meeting new people was as easy as turning to the person next to you in class? Well, make that a possibility again! We’re not saying go back to school, but take a cooking class, an art class- anything. It’s a great opportunity to talk to people who are trying something new too, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to socialize in class?
Almost everyone has a cause that speaks to them, and everyone has, at least, some time to give back, so do it. Not only is it a great chance to be philanthropic, but you’re bound to meet others who care about the same causes as you.