They can also be particularly appealing if the thought of going out into public in the hopes of meeting new friends feels overwhelming and anxiety-producing. You know you'll have something in common One of the benefits of using online platforms to meet and make friends is the comfort in knowing you have something in common.Most apps allow you to browse a pool of possible new friends based on age and location.
There are also those that take it one step further by allowing you to connect with others who are going through a similar life stage (such as Peanut for new mothers) or who have similar interests and needs, whether it's a desire to find a travel companion (including Backpackr and Tourlina), fitness friend (Whistle), or professional connection (Shapr).
It remains to be seen how exactly friendship apps will change the ways in which we build and maintain friendships.
What is clear, however, is that we are longing for new ways to connect.
That’s why it is so important to remember what the end goal is really about.
Applications are designed to be incredibly rewarding, whether it's the visual effects we get when we swipe right (the way we choose whether we're interested in the person) or the audio feedback we receive when we've matched with a potential friend.