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Yes, You Can Make New Friends on Bumble

I’m sure you’ve heard of the app Bumble. And if you haven’t, you probably have a few questions on where this blog post may be going. Let me give you a brief definition before I explain.

Bumble is a social media and networking app, more so known for being its capabilities as a dating app. Bumble allows you to connect with new friends, meet a new love connection, or connect with other professionals. This app is also more female-friendly, compared to other social media and networking apps. On the dating side, it is up to the woman if a connection is made. But, I am not here to explain the dating and professional sections of the app, let’s talk about making new friends using Bumble.

Why I Used Bumble BFF

I recently moved to Austin, TX after accepting a new job offer. Before the move, I had never visited the state of Texas nor knew anyone in Austin. I was moving away from my friends, family, and boyfriend. The thought of being alone definitely scared me. I knew I would eventually start to make connections at work, but did not want all my new friends to be co-workers. I wanted to be able to make personal connections. Moving to a new city, that can be hard when you are not sure where to go.

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After a quick Google search of “How to make new friends in a new city,” I stumbled across Bumble BFF.

How Does Bumble BFF Work

Getting set up on Bumble is really easy. You create a profile with your picture, age, location, and a short bio so other Bumble-rs can get a feel of who you are and what you are interested in. There is a quick verification process to ensure you are not a bot or catfish, so be ready to take a picture on demand. Once your profile is complete and verified, you can begin using the app. Bumble BFF is a females-only section of the app, so you may have to look elsewhere if you are looking for male friends.

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Once you begin, you will get a “deck” of other profiles to look through. Swipe right if you think the person is a good match, and swipe left if you think they aren’t. If two people swipe right on each other, they will receive a notification and have 24 hours to message each other using the in-app messaging. Be bold and make the first move or wait to receive a message, but get ready for the start of a potential friendship

Bumble = New Friends

After many swipes, to the left and to the right, and a few messages that went nowhere…it worked! I made a few connections that have been worthwhile. It takes patience and being open to different communication styles that you may not be used to. It also forces you to step out of your comfort zone a bit, especially if you are an introvert like me.

It was a little weird at first having to explain to people how we met whenever the question came up.

“You met on a dating app?!”¬†

But, I think we’ve gotten our¬†explanation perfected whenever the question does come up. Which also sparked the idea for this blog post. Bumble is a great way to make new friends.

Lessons Learned

Making friends as an adult is not as easy as when we were kids. It took me a while to get over the hump of sending messages first. I knew I would have to push the introvert in me to the side if I really wanted to make new friends in my new home city. This experience definetly brought me out of my shell, and in a very good way.

Have you used an app to make new connections (friendship, personal or love)? Share your experience!

Sincerely, Ash

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