If you decide to accept the request, find and use real-life connections to make sure that person is who they say they are — in this case, mention the friend request the next time you talk to your best friend.
Catherine, 33, accidentally made a new friend back in March over Instagram. Claire, 26, has also found success on the dating-app route.
But some women are finding that quarantine has provided a surprising opportunity for making friends online. I might see someone in my area with an interesting feed and follow them, like a photo or comment on something feiends genuinely interests me. She looks through location tags near her to follow people who look interesting, and initiates conversation when it makes sense.
Without the structure of school or an office to naturally encourage friendships, you might think the coronavirus would have made it even harder. But it never hurts to ask — you never know, you could be doing your friend a favour. The more real-world connections you have with an online friend, the more confident you can be in sharing information with that person.
Be cautious You should always use caution — especially if your online friends have little or no connection to you in the real world. Though they have yet to meet in person, they find comfort in their correspondence and plan on making an in-person connection when they can. Dealing with the same stressor — the pandemic — made the virtual friending process feel very normal.
For instance, if you know a friend has two older brothers, but online she mentions having only one, you may have stumbled onto a fake profile. Chances are, your real-life friend is your online friend. So, while you may feel confident in sharing your vacation photos online with your real-life best friend, you might want to think twice about sending those photos to that friend you made at tennis camp last summer.
Wanting real dating
She downloaded the app for its intended purpose — dating — but soon after, she realized that by expanding her settings, she could take the pressure off meeting potential partners and feiends interesting people to make friends with. Without the plethora of options in-person socializing affords, she finds people are more open to making friends this way.
They may follow me back or comment back or they may not," Catherine says. Related content. Since meeting her new friend, Catherine has reached onlune to other potential pals on Instagram.
Be a sleuth Bring the online into real lnline If you get an online friend request from someone you know in real life, the simplest way to make sure that online friend is your real-life friend is to ask them in person. Though she says she's cautious about "being a creep," she explains that these connections often manifest naturally.