2016 dating social friends
We already use the internet to find romantic partners. That’s all fine in theory, but I’ve not gone looking for friends since university freshers’ week and find myself gripped by the same anxieties.
I agonise over my profile picture and consider taking a selfie before deciding it’ll look too staged.
All of which is why, one recent Saturday afternoon, I signed up to two websites: Girlfriend Social (girlfriendsocial.com) and Citysocializer (citysocializer.com). You create a profile by uploading a photo, writing a biography and filling in your age and location. You can ‘add’ people who appeal, and send messages inviting them to meet. Relatively new to the UK, ‘friendship dating’ is all the rage in the US. As we grow up and settle into routines, opportunities to meet new people become scarcer.
Youth cyberbullying is dramatically more likely to occur between current or former friends and dating partners than between students who were never friends or in a romantic relationship, suggests a new study that will be presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
"A common concern regarding cyberbullying is that strangers can attack someone, but here we see evidence that there are significant risks associated with close connections," said Diane Felmlee, the lead author of the study and a professor of sociology at The Pennsylvania State University.
Another new app, Rendezwho, tries to create long-lasting friendships by matching two random users for life.
There is an even an app called Meet My Dog for pet owners and their pooches who are looking for some companionship.
"Friends, or former friends, are particularly likely to find themselves in situations in which they are vying for the same school, club, and/or sport positions and social connections.