I was recently catching up via FaceTime with a girlfriend who moved from New York City to Los Angeles right before the pandemic changed the way we live our lives. She was telling me how it’s been lonely at times, but that she’s invoked certain coping strategies that have proven effective at helping. It makes sense that she’s embraced online dating as a means to make connections, but when she told me that she found a new platonic hiking buddy on Tinder, I was super surprised. That’s probably because [stage whisper] I don’t know how to meet new people online.
For those who haven’t turned to mobile apps to meet new people online, the idea of connecting digitally might not be attractive. But, the alternative is weathering an isolating pandemic in isolation. and since authentic human connection is so important for mental health, that’s perhaps not the best idea ever.
Whether you’re a beginner when it comes virtual meet-ups or you just need a refresher, help is on the way for you to learn how to meet new people online. Below, find the best apps for making new connections, advice on how to keep things natural, and tips on how to do it all safely.
How to meet new people online, with the help of the following 7 apps
1. Hey! VINA
If you’re desperately seeking a pall who’ll binge reruns of the The Hills with you or someone who will adopt you into their book club (better yet, a weekly wine and cheese party that masquerades as a book club) try Hey! VINA, which…