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Are you stuck at home, or feel shy about going out on your own to meet new people?
The internet is a great place to shake off your shyness, meet new people from around the world, and form friendships with people who share your interests and passions.
I began my experiment in mid-August, downloading Tinder, Hinge, and Coffee Meets Bagel.
I was familiar with the apps beforehand: I used them for a month in summer 2013 when they were new and the It Thing among my friends, the source of all our war stories.
"I was serious when I said I'm just looking for friends on my profile.
You're so nice, and I don't want to lead you on in any way.It wasn't, however, easy to find a great friend match.With photo-heavy, information light profiles, the apps had me frustrated within five minutes.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.A friend finder app, after all, didn't seem too far away with Tinder for cats and other spin-off matching services debuting. Lyke Me, an app three Michigan State University students have designed to match people based on interests, is launching this fall.) On a personal level, I wanted more friends.He asked me if I wanted to hang out, and I said sure.