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I’m 16 and my parents are the only people in my life that I’m around currently and I have 0 friends. How can I make some friends?

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Last Updated: 03/07/2022 at 4:44pm
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March 30th, 2018 11:28am
A great way to make friends is to do something new! You could join a book club, or take part in a sport, or go to the gym, or visit a museum, just get out and about! By doing something you enjoy, you’re likely to meet similar minded people and so it will be a lot easier to befriend them. Another tip is to skip the small talk and go straight to deep and intimate details - I don’t mean anything private, but instead questions that real reveal someone’s personality - ‘If you could wake up tomorrow with a super power or special ability, what would it be and what would you do with it?’ It’s great to smile when you’re around other people. It makes you seem more friendly and approachable. It’s a strong way to make strong connections. Persistence is also key; once you’ve had an outing with one of your new buddies from the local cooking club, or from your new basketball team, try text messaging them asking if they want to go out for lunch, or for a coffee sometime next week. During this time out, try some more ‘intimate’ questions to strengthen your friendship. Once you’re home, message them saying you had a good time and really enjoyed it. This will make them feel validated and good about themselves as you enjoyed their company. Broaden your options - Don’t just stick to one circle or similar aged people that are all in the same dance group as you. Try out a new hobby that you like, too! Meet older or younger people, with other interests. The besy way to make more friends is to open your options. And finally, don’t take anything too personally. If you asked your new buddy out for a coffee and they said no, that doesn’t mean they don’t like you. It could mean they’re busy with work, or already had plans, or perhaps their family needs them. Just try again next week, or with someone else. Goodluck! :)
March 3rd, 2020 2:53pm
Friends are important part of life . You can just join random guys playing in ground. Its a direct method to make friends by doing this for 2-3 days. Another method is making friends in school or college by participating in events . You can also make friends online by playing games with strangers and randomly doing chit chats with them. But i will suggest you here to go for real ones instead of reel friends. You can go to a concert also nearby and make random friends there . Talking to people is easy but friendship does not happen in one day it will take long and it will increase with day to day messages.
May 14th, 2018 5:53pm
Through new hobbies. It will not only provide a way to fill your time doing things that you like but you will also meet people with teh same intrests!
May 29th, 2018 10:55am
Try to be proactive in your social life. Join some clubs, if you have a hobby find others who share the same interest, volunteer, find after school work.
July 24th, 2018 9:14pm
What makes you happy at school? are there clubs in school or out you can go to, these will help you.
November 13th, 2018 9:23am
You should do some socialising as much as you can and try to go on trips. And if you have interest in gaming or sports then you can find people or groups arround your area to play with them. This will help you to make more good and interesting friends. If you are not social active person then trevaling is the best option to make youself a better person through experiences and meeting defferent kind of people. and This will also enhance your knowledge about society and different cultures. I guess the best way to make yourself active and mantally relaxed is trevaling and exploring new places.
December 11th, 2018 3:24pm
Look for people that you might feel comfortable with! There are always different cliques in a place and if you were to look closely, there will be people that may see the same page as you. Good friends are hard to come by, try exploring more towards things that you may like such that if you were to share them, you’d be surprised that there are actually people out there that appreciates the same interest as you. A good conversation is not hard to hold as long as two people have so much in common to talk about, especially on your interests!
September 6th, 2021 12:27am
The best way to make friends is by being yourself in that the friends you end up with like you for you and don't feel pressured to keep up with a reputation that is so not you. Another thing you should keep in mind is that you should choose your friends and not the other way around.I had a bad experience with that.I let someone choose me as a friend even when I was not completely comfortable with being that person's friend but because I felt lonely I decided to just go with the flow and I ended up hurting that person. When I found someone else whome i shared a lot in common with I indeliberately left the first one and that made the person feel bad.
March 7th, 2022 4:44pm
it always seems difficult to find some good friends, and for some of us its harder to make friends then it is for others, heck most of us have some sort of social anxiety, that makes it even more difficult- so we end up waiting for someone else to make the first move, but sometimes, if you put yourself out there, maybe compliment somebody you think youd like to be friends with, or try to strike up a conversation with someone, the more you interact with people the easier it is to make friends, and everything will work out eventually, usually if you make the first move, they will start to make the next ones for you, and everything kind of lays out, and somehow, you find yourself with a whole new group of good friends :)