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Out with the Old:

Before the computer and the expansive Internet, if one wanted to get the word out about a social gathering or wanted to post an ad to find a specific friend for a specific hobby or adventure, one usually posted an ad in the newspaper. If one was lucky, someone might contact you, and if one was even luckier, a genuine friendship could form. Pen Pals during this time were rampant. From school aged to adults, people kept in contact with one another through writing detailed and thoughtful letters. Some might believe that those days are over, but in truth, only the medium has changed. The newspaper and paper have been replaced with the webpage and email. The New Pen Pal: Connecting With Other People

So, what sites can be trusted to find new friends and possible connections? Through a series of meticulous and careful use of network visibility tools, the following websites were considered among the best for connecting with other people.

Women Unite!

For the ladies, there are specific websites targeted for female-only friendships. GirlfriendSocial is a membership free website geared towards adult women who are married, moved out from home or have entered motherhood. The site provides a search criterion allowing one to look for women close to them who are interested in the same hobbies. A messaging system is available as well as a public forum to post and talk about the topics of life. Reader's Digest voted it Favorite Website to Meet New Friends.

Another website worth considering for female friendship is SocialJane. This site is geared towards women of all ages and functions similarly to any other social platform with the ability to post photos, message others, create a personal profile, and a public forum to discuss topics like careers, friendship problems, daily troubles and blessings, and essentially anything one wishes to discuss with one's peers. Membership is free.

Websites For All!

If one is searching for a male or female friend, then there are numerous websites available to find that perfect connection or connections. MeetUp is a group-based site that allows one to join a group of interest and meet people with similar ideas or feelings about that subject. It's easy to plan in-person hang-outs and could end up with a large turn-out. Membership is free and the site receives a decent amount of traffic, so there's a lot of chances to meet some new friends!

There are even sites available for those who are more fitness-minded or enjoy sports. Active and DailyMile are two sites that focus on fitness and sports events. If one is looking for a running buddy or someone to discuss last night's game, these two websites could be what one needs to fill that connection. Active even has a function allowing one to find training places and plans as well as trainers and instructors.

BumbleBFF has sparked new "bromances" among men who previously felt the same loneliness that is often credited to just women. A simple offer of grabbing a coffee or seeing a game together could turn into a lasting friendship. 90% of users in BumbleBFF are men, so if one is looking for another dude to hang out with, one is not alone.

Finally, for those with specific orientation requirements, there is a site designated for gay men and straight women to chat and plan possible outings together. FruitLooped is free and allows for private messaging as well as provides groups to discuss one's favorite things.

Click to Connect

As one can see, there are numerous resources and websites for possible mediums to find one's new best friend. In a rapidly increasingly connected world, there is someone for everyone. All that is required is a quick click, a little digging, and the courage to be the first one to reach out and forge that new connection.

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

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