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Teenagers making Friends
Making Friends as a Teen
Some teenagers struggle to make friends in life; this could be due to many things like the inability to get out much and a lack of social skills.
We all need friends in our life and in order to get friends you need to be out there doing things involving other people and new people on a regular basis. Not having friends can lead to severe depression, loneliness and a reluctancy to help yourself at all.
Being a teenager without friends is very tough, you will have many days indoors not having much contact with anyone other than your immediate family who love with you and it can have bad effects on how you feel, think and act in life.
Here is a few tips to help you make some friends:
- Join a club, joining a club is usually free or very cheap and you can join one where you will meet others who have the same interests as yourself.
- Going to church. Although not everyone will want to go to church, you can meet others who follow the same religion as yourself and you will also make good friends and they’re usually more than willing to listen to any personal problems you may be having.
- Make friends online. Using chat rooms, instant messaging and forums you can make friends online. This is no solution to not having friends that are there in person but can help you feel better if you don’t have any.
- Try and make friends with those who you like and have good qualities, no one likes having a friend they would rather not have.
- Get yourself out in the open, you will never make friends being indoors or outside on your own, go to social events like family weddings and parties.
- Try a sport. Exercise is great for your health and can also help you to make new friends. Playing football you will meet others who enjoy football too and you may make a friendship out of that.
- Be the conservationist! Never expect someone else to create a conversation, get in there and discuss and share the things you and they like with each other, this is the same when using forums. They always need someone to speak out loud about issues and other topics.
- Speak to people, even those who you pay for your goods to in the shops. Say thank you and ask if they’ve been busy today, it may be small talk but it can help make you feel better about socialising.
- You could try finding a penpal or e-pal to write to and share your thoughts and interests with.
Always remember that you are never alone. There is thousands of others who are in a similar situation and also seeking friendship too. Friendship never comes fast and takes a while to build upon. Seek friendships with those who share similar interests as yourself and you will find it easier. Approach and hang around those you share interests with too.
Never give up on your search for making new friends and you will.
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