How to Make Friends 2.0

By NIKHIL KRISHNAN

We have a loneliness problem as a society.

Cigna conducted a survey on 20,000 of their members.

  • 54% said they always or sometimes feel that no one knows them well.
  • 56% reported they sometimes or always felt like the people around them “are not necessarily with them.”
  • 40% felt like “they lack companionship,” that their “relationships aren’t meaningful” and that they “are isolated from others.”

It’s probably no surprise to most people that it’s actually pretty hard to make friends, especially after college. It’s felt so universally that it’s become an extremely popular genre of meme.

As a thought experiment, what would you do if you moved to another city where you didn’t have an existing network? It’s a pretty daunting proposition without a ton of options (Work friends? Sports league? Meetups?).

We have online tools to connect and organize better, but it feels like they’re creating relationships that are more hollow and circles that are more insular.

Can we use them to make it easier to make friends?

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