There are many singles that after divorce or separation are looking for other single friends to hang out with and who may not be ready for a new dating relationship just yet. Our social New Friends category for both women and men is designed for singles like you as we all need friends to hang out with at some time in our lives. Whether it is simply to enjoy life with or to commiserate with.
The number of single adults in this country is increasing for a variety of reasons. People are marrying later or are divorcing more frequently. Women are pursuing their careers and financial independence for longer. The right partner may not have appeared. The right partner may have died. It could be a simple decision to remain single. Whatever the reasons and whatever the status, we still want friends. However, what happens when you realise that your social circle has shrunk and that your diary has more blanks than you feel comfortable with? By creating your profile and new friends ad or if you're already a member contacting members or replying to contacts you've received you can make new friends easily, by doing so you will be taking charge of your social life and no longer leaving to chance. Quite simply having good friends makes even the simple things in life more enjoyable.
Start looking at your life style and deciding on the areas that you would like to include other people in. You may well be quite content with your own company through the week but Saturday night alone can seem very empty. Traditional holidays and feast days can assume terrible proportions as the expectation of 'having a good time' increases. Going to the cinema may be enjoyable on your own but eating a meal in a restaurant isn't. A weekend away can be a revitalising solo venture but not a two-week summer break. Spot your particular needs when looking for new friends and when placing your new friends social profile or if you are a member, update your social profile to include that information.
Bereavement can leave people with a circle of friends that suddenly seems to consist mainly of couples and whose attitude to you undergoes a subtle change once you are no longer half a partnership. Meeting a new set of people that have only known you as a single person can be a wonderful boost to your self-confidence after the difficult period of mourning. By placing your new friends profile or if you are already member by contacting others or replying to your messages you can easily take the plunge and start mixing with some new people to hang out with.Finally
Keep practicing your social skills so that they come easily and don't leave you floundering when introduced to someone. When meeting friends, old and new, make an effort to be positive and try smiling now and again. : ) Discussing your problems all the time will not be everybody's idea of stimulating conversation. There is no reason why you cannot simply listen for a while if you are stuck for a conversational topic. Friendship involves give and take after all and ears are a valuable tool.
Meeting new people can be unnerving but the odds are that they are as nervous as you so take a deep breath and calm down. Beware of the dangers of drinking too much in order to relax and stick to soft drinks if you think that will be safer. When introduced to someone try not to judge them to harshly or too soon as it will take time to get to know them. By all means edit the cranks and the bores for your life but don't dismiss everyone too quickly.
There is a snowball effect with a social life and the more you do, the more there will be to do. This is worth remembering on those occasions when the last thing you want do is make the effort to go out and mix. Say 'no' too often and the invitations will soon dry up. You can always leave a function early but if you don't go you will never know who you missed and this applies to those members contacting you or those you've contacted but haven't yet replied to! It will seem artificial and contrived as you set about meeting people and a random numbers game on more than one occasion. It is. But think of all the hundreds of people you have met in your life and the relative few you consider friends. Keep going!
Making friends involves the same kind of approach and resolve as embarking on a sensible diet. You won't see results over night and there will bad weeks when nothing seems to have happened but after a few months your efforts will start to bring in results and new friends.Recently Separated Or Divorced? Not Ready to Dive Into The Dating Game Again Yet?
Why not start developing a circle of single friends to "hang out" with and get to know others without a lot of expectations? Develop a new circle of friends, meeting others in a similar situation and getting acquainted gradually without the pressures of dating, discover who really is special and then date each other, when you're already friends and well acquainted. You could develop a nice circle of just female or male friends or both who knows of other friends to introduce you to and your someone special may just appear when you were not looking! The point of hanging out is to develop and maintain friendships.
The bonus advantage is that you get to know people well without dating, and discover who is special enough to date. Everybody calls everybody. When you're talking abut friendships, the ancient dating adage that women shouldn't call me does not apply. You call your friends; you invite friends to do things together. Hanging out is working on friendships? Everybody calls everybody. To have friends as a single adult means putting yourself out a bit, taking some initiative so start right now by joining our service or start searching for new single friends to hang out with.
As Emerson said:
"The only way to have a friend is to be one."
And one of the best ways to do that is to recapture the lost art of "hanging out."
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Updated November 2016
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