Tips for Finding Friends as an Adult Friendship Expert Danielle Bayard Jackson Shares Advice for Making Friends as an Adult and Using Bumble BFF as a Resource
New York, NY | October 20, 2022 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Making new friends as an adult can be challenging, and with more people working remotely, socializing and meeting new people organically can be difficult. Recently, Bumble BFF’s Friendship Expert, Danielle Bayard Jackson, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to highlight the importance of friendships, especially as 90% of women say friends are the family you get to choose in life.*
A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/RjBw9kGkR3M
Unlike when you were younger and had a built-in community or network through school or social clubs, adulthood seems to offer fewer opportunities to meet others organically. The increasing number of people working remotely has also impacted many people’s ability to socialize, which may explain why many adults report feeling lonelier than ever before.
Here are Danielle’s top tips for finding friends as an adult:
- Have the courage to initiate – Those who are intentional about making connections tend to have the most meaningful relationships. If you’d rather not approach someone in public, group activities are a great option, as they can unite people over a common interest and organically lead to friendships. You can also use an app like Bumble BFF, the friendship-finding mode on the Bumble app, to potentially meet others!
- Gradually enter into more meaningful conversations - Be sure to engage someone with safe ‘small talk’ and then gradually reveal more about who you are and what you value. This creates the trust necessary to cultivate something deeper. That trust can become the basis for a friendship where you both feel comfortable sharing and asking each other questions that deepen the relationship.
- Staying in touch - After meeting up with a new friend for the first time, it’s important to be consistent about staying in touch, especially if there isn’t a scheduled time when you both see one another, such as through a class or planned group activity. These short interactions can go a long way in building and maintaining a new friendship.
- Give it time - According to studies, it can take 40-60 hours of talking and hanging out for an acquaintance to become a casual friend. This might look different from friendship to friendship, but the general takeaway is that it takes time to build trust, vulnerability, and platonic intimacy.
To start connecting with friends in your area, visit Bumble.com/BFF. For more tips, check out The Buzz, where you can learn more strategies to help you make (and keep!) meaningful friendships.
About Danielle Bayard Jackson:
As a certified women’s coach, Danielle Bayard Jackson emphasizes that friendship is a wellness imperative, ultimately teaching women the power and importance of social connections. She is the Friendship Expert for Bumble BFF, the friendship-finding mode on the social networking app Bumble, and has been called TikTok’s resident friendship coach. A former high school teacher, Danielle now uses her teaching skills as an educator to coach women on ways to navigate common friendship conflicts. As a member of the American Sociological Association, she uses the latest research to create practical, tangible strategies to help women create more depth in their platonic relationships.
Bumble, the women-first dating and social networking app, was founded by CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd in 2014. Bumble connects people across dating (Bumble Date), friendship (Bumble BFF) and professional networking (Bumble Bizz). Bumble is built on the importance of equitable relationships and how crucial they are to a healthy, happy life. They've built their platform around kindness, respect, and equality – and their community plays an important part in that. Bumble holds its users accountable for their actions and strives to provide them with an experience free from hate, aggression, or bullying. Bumble is free and widely available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the web.
* Based on data that was commissioned by Bumble between November 4-18, 2021 with a US sample size of 5,081