Without the structure of school or an office to naturally encourage friendships, you might think the coronavirus would have made it even harder.
But some women are finding that quarantine has provided a surprising opportunity for making friends online. Without the plethora of options in-person socializing affords, she finds people are more open to making friends this way. Dor, 26, has also found success on the dating-app route.
Catherine, 33, accidentally made a new friend back in March over Instagram. Dealing with the same stressor — the pandemic — made the virtual friending process feel very normal.
Most people, I thought, make friends without a strategy or game plan. Jeeting with social anxiety struggle because they are in their head and second guess themselves.
I felt ready to hear what Bayard had in store for me and was happy to know that there were only three challenges she wanted me to tackle over the next month to help nes make friends. I wrote each challenge down and devoted at least one week to following through on them.
The first thing Bayard advised me to do was take inventory of people I know and who they know. Who are the people you sometimes see at the same parties and share mutual friends, but never have one-on-one conversations?