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By evening I’ve received a response, from a woman on Girlfriend Social who recently relocated from New York.I reply, gushing about how much I love the States, but then hear nothing back. Still, I persevere for a few days and by midweek, I have plans to meet three women. It feels, somehow, as though there’s more at stake than there would be with a romantic date.Having spent the best part of a decade in an office, I’m now working from home. At the same time, the past few years have seen my non-work social group dwindle.Gone are the lunch breaks with colleagues, the conversations by the coffee machine. It’s not that I don’t have friends, but, as we settle down, we see less of one another.All of which is why, one recent Saturday afternoon, I signed up to two websites: Girlfriend Social (girlfriendsocial.com) and Citysocializer (citysocializer.com). You create a profile by uploading a photo, writing a biography and filling in your age and location. You can ‘add’ people who appeal, and send messages inviting them to meet. Relatively new to the UK, ‘friendship dating’ is all the rage in the US. As we grow up and settle into routines, opportunities to meet new people become scarcer.
We already use the internet to find romantic partners. That’s all fine in theory, but I’ve not gone looking for friends since university freshers’ week and find myself gripped by the same anxieties.
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