So, to cut to the chase and make some bona fide friends, the apps below can help.ICYMI, the older you get, the more some of your lifelong friends get busy with other life things, like getting married, having kids, or moving across the country. You are, too, though you may lose touch with them or see them less as your lives go different directions — even though you don’t want to replace them, per se, you also don’t want to stay inside alone… Luckily, with a lot of the apps below, you can tailor them to your needs, whether you want to find a group of friends to go out with last-minute (via Tinder Social), fellow athletes to organize a beach volleyball game (via ATLETO), or find a new best friend (via Bumble BFF). The app launched Tinder Social, which allows users to form groups of friends (same-sex or co-ed, whichever you prefer) to match and meet up with other people’s groups of friends. If you’re no longer on Tinder — i.e., you met someone — you can rejoin just for the new “social” aspect.
With over 40 sporting activities to choose from, like tennis, volleyball, and cycling, you'll find at least one you’ll like. Creating a profile’s simple, too, filling in info such as your workplace and sports club affiliations.Then, check out other squads and let the swiping left or right begin.Once you match with another squad, you have 24 hours to message and make plans.At age 27, the endless opportunities to add to my existing circle of friends have dried up, and finding time to fit in social events is a constant challenge. Research carried out by the Mental Health Foundation suggests 18 to 34 year olds are more likely to feel lonely more often than the over-55s, while last year the Office for National Statistics found London to be the loneliest capital city in Europe.Dating site Bumble — dubbed the "feminist Tinder" — is trying to change that with the launch of its new feature Bumble BFF, which enables you to find a friend, rather than a date, online.Just like when you’re in dating mode on the app, you “match” with potential friends based on their profiles. Or, you can private message and have a one-on-one doggie date.