Are you a lonely teenager? If so, you’re not alone (pardon the pun). Lots of teenage guys and girls are lonely. They feel they have few friends or other people in their lives to keep them company. 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 is just a matter of being the one who takes the initiative. However…
Take It To The Real World
When studying loneliness, scientists have discovered that online activity doesn’t take the place of real world interaction. So, you may be texting all day and “hanging out” on social media. However, it likely isn’t enough to ease your lonely feelings.
Humans are hard wired for real world relationships. So, a lonely teenager needs to get out of the online or phone experience and get face to face. You can use texts or social media to get there, but don’t stop with just the electronics. Oh, and you may want to consider even spending time with the people in your house (like your family).
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. 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 a lonely teenager 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!