Why is it so Hard to Make Friends as an Adult?

Growing up, I was surrounded by friends, therefore I always had someone to spend time and hang out with.  However, the older I get, the fewer friends I seem to have and fewer people to spend quality time with.  Or just time with.  So why is it so hard to make friends as an adult?

This is a common problem, as most people’s social circle dwindles the older they get.  As we go from childhood to adulthood, friends drift apart as they pursue careers, move away, and start families.  Common interests are no longer common.  We develop a stronger sense of self and gravitate toward those who share our perspective and away from those who don’t.  We take on more responsibilities which often leaves us with less time to socialize.

Humans are social creatures.  Studies have shown that those with a solid circle of friends are happier, healthier and experience less stress.  We have an inherent need for social interaction.  The problem is, the more isolated we become, the harder it can be to get out and meet people.  For some, it can even manifest as social anxiety, which can make meeting people and making friends incredibly difficult and overwhelming, if not impossible.

We must remember that even as adults, we have a responsibility to our own health and well-being, and this includes making time for social interactions.  Although we tend to place more value on compatibility than common interests, by indulging a hobby or leisure activity with someone who shares your interests, you may find that you are compatible … or at least have someone to share experiences with.

How Just Platonic Can Help

If you’re struggling to meet new people, Just Platonic can help.  We allow you to meet people online, which means you can use it anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace.  Our Extended Search feature allows you to search users based on mutual interests, location, and more!  You can reach out to existing members one-on-one, or join (or create!) one of our many groups.  This allows you to focus on compatibility, mutual interests, or both and is ideal whether you’re a social butterfly or socially anxious.

 

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