Women on dating site looking for friends
Nearly 60% of college students say they know someone who uses online dating, and 46 percent say they know someone who has entered into a long-time relationship.
That's the concept Canadian entrepreneur Amanda Blain banked on when she launched the website Girlfriend Social, a place where women of all ages and backgrounds can go to talk, share and find new female friends.
Very few specialize in connecting new friends or helping you locate other people with similar hobbies.
The demands of family life and career leave little time to step outside the ordinary routine, meet new people, and then go from there.Like re-entering the dating scene, trying to establish new friendships at this stage can be intimidating.Some have gone the Craigslist route, using the popular non-commercial community bulletin board as a way to find new friends.Many are working, have children, and find themselves trying to juggle work and family life.
This isn’t as easy as it was a generation ago." She's noticed that many women seek out new friends once they enter the "M" stage—moving, marriage, or motherhood—because those life transitions can alter, strain and even sever existing friendships.
As Blaine notes, "Even if you take new classes, go for gym workouts, or start new hobbies, it’s still difficult to make that jump from acquaintance to friendship with the people you meet." Women who do not have a 'significant other' in their lives encounter additional friendship challenges.