But would you use a matchmaking site to find female friends?
The took a closer look at three such sites in particular: Social Jane.com, Girl Friend Circles and Girlfriend Social.
A new generation of apps is matching people who are looking for friendship, not romance, with features that wouldn't look out of place on Tinder or OKCupid. VINA, Monarq and Wiith connect people with similar views and lifestyles.
And he wasn't the only one who ghosted me after the big reveal.
During the month that I used social dating apps to find new buddies, I sent countless unrequited salutations, offered up priceless New York City travel recommendations, and even gave my number to a guy who wanted to discuss first amendment rights. When I started, I believed that, with millions of people just searching for company online, I'd easily find my new bestie or at least someone down for a platonic hang.
Just getting out increases the chances of meeting new people — and friends are sometimes found in unlikely places. Check out continuing-education classes at your local college or university. Conversations with other dog walkers are guaranteed, and even people without pets will stop to say hello to Max, giving you the perfect opener.
In addition, many colleges allow older adults to audit regular classes for free, and some have programs specifically for seniors. Senior centers have moved way beyond Friday-night bingo. If you're retired, take a part-time job, even for just a few hours a week. Invite a few of your neighbors for dinner if you like to cook, or organize a potluck meal if you don't.