Can You Make Friends During the Pandemic?

While some people may have always found it challenging to make friends, it might be even more difficult to make friends in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as many are taking measures to protect themselves by staying home and limiting in-person social interaction.

Additionally, as most and more of us are expected to adhere to social distancing measures, it can be difficult to get to know people when you’re standing six feet apart. However, despite the unique and unprecedented nature of this global pandemic, it’s still possible to engage with others and build friendships. It just may look a bit different than you’re used to.

Now that more people are using technology to stay connected, it’s more likely that your old friends will be equipped with the technology needed to connect with others during this time. So get in touch with them again and maybe you can reconnect.

You can try doing some of your group activities online. For example, you might try logging into a virtual arts and crafts event and make an effort to engage with the other attendees. You can also sign up for an online course that may require you to work with your classmates.

When making the effort to create new or rebuild older friendships, it’s worth taking the time to think about what you need out of a friendship. For instance, if you believe that you need shared equity values with others to develop a bond of friendship, then that may be easier to find in an activist space.

If you find that you like to have shared interests and hobbies it might be helpful to meet others who are already involved in the things you enjoy. It is important to note that friendships require consent from all parties and it often takes time to develop trust with new people.

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Shaurya Sharma

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