Without the structure of school or an office to naturally encourage friendships, you might think the coronavirus would have made it pepole harder. A question can either kick off a conversation or keep it going, Sandstrom says. Our fear assumptions fail to take into the social norms of politeness, Schroeder says.
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.
Catherine, 33, accidentally made a new friend back in March over Instagram. I might see someone in my area with an interesting feed and follow them, like a photo or comment on something that genuinely interests me.
You get better at asking better questions, and answering with more interesting responses. She downloaded the app for its intended purpose — dating — but soon after, she realized that by expanding her settings, she could take the interestingg off meeting potential partners and find interesting people to make friends with.
Though she says she's cautious about "being a creep," she explains that these connections often manifest naturally. Research shows the opposite, however, that people nearly always are willing to engage in a conversation when prompted by someone else.
Intfresting researches how people navigate their social worldsincluding how language and mental capacity influences interactions. Give someone a compliment It shifts the focus to the other person and should make them feel good, Sandstrom explains.
She looks through location tags near her to follow people who look interesting, and initiates conversation when it makes sense. 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. But inteeresting women are finding that quarantine has provided a surprising opportunity for making friends online.
Be curious Ask questions. Research actually suggests that people who ask more questions are better liked by their conversation partners than people who ask fewer questions.
Since meeting her new friend, Catherine has reached out looing other potential pals on Instagram. Focusing the attention on the other person in those moments can help us get past those awkward spots, she says.
Claire, 26, has also found success on the dating-app route. Dealing with the same stressor — the pandemic — made the virtual friending process feel very normal.