Many teenage guys and girls are lonely. They feel they have few friends, or other people in their lives to provide companionship. And, loneliness can lead to other bigger problems such as isolation, depression, and even suicide. If you are a lonely teen, then we can help you find friends. Here are four tips explaining what you can do.
Take The Initiative
If there are lots of lonely teenagers, then maybe a solution would be to actually introduce them to each other! However, you don’t need a “friend finder” service. You may just need to take the initiative with the people you know.
If you’re bored and lonely, then text a friend and invite him or her over. Go through your Instagram or Snapchat contacts and see who wants to go out for a coffee or play a game of basketball. Sometimes it’s just a matter of being the one who takes the initiative. However…
Take It To The Real World
So, you may be texting all day and posting witty updates on Twitter, but those aren’t going to ease your lonely feelings.
Humans are hard-wired for real world relationships. So, it’s very important to get out of the online or phone experience and get face-to-face.
You can use text or social media to get there, but don’t rely only on digital interactions. Oh, and you may want to consider even spending time with the people in your house (like your family) if you’re lonely.
Expand Your Social Circle
If you’re lonely, could it be that you’re a snob? If you look down on most people, then you’re not going to have a lot of people around you. There are snobs in every type of social circle. Music snobs who won’t hang out with someone who listens to music that is too popular, fitness snobs who only hang out with athletes, or even “social justice” snobs who can’t imagine talking to someone who comes from an affluent family.
Open up and allow yourself to meet people outside of your normal social circle. Don’t hang with dangerous losers, but find new friends outside of your usual clique. You may find your new best friend and can kiss loneliness goodbye.
Expand Your Interests
Maybe you’re lonely because your interests are too limiting. Try to expand them. Play a new sport, take up an instrument, join a club, and so on. Make yourself well-rounded. You’ll not only have more things to do, but you’ll also be around a lot more people. So, with this new interest and new circle of friends, you’ll probably find that loneliness is out the door.
Remember, you don’t have to be lonely. Good luck in finding friends and combating loneliness. Get out there and be happy!