If you’re a girl, then maybe you like Black Friday. If you’re a guy, you may absolutely hate every part of it (except if your mom is getting you a video game system or something similar). However, Black Friday is actually a great day to meet new people. Why? Because there are a lot of people out that day. And, if you want to meet someone new, the more the people, the better the odds.
Here are three ways you can take advantage of those large numbers of strangers. Hopefully you can meet someone new on the biggest shopping day of the year.
Relieve Their Stress
Black Friday shopping can be very stressful since there’s a lot of competition for deals. People claim they love Black Friday and then lots of fights break out. Go figure!
Chances are that any young people out with their parents that day either don’t want to be there or are just as stressed as their family members. If you see someone your age, then try to make them feel better in some way.
Humor is great in many ways. However, on a day when people are stressed out, being funny is absolutely essential! If you go out on Black Friday, then try to entertain the people you meet.
One of the best ways is to make funny comments. You may want to come up with some lines in advance. Make them situational humor. This means you talk about the situation you’re in. For example, if you see another teen who looks bored, you could say, “I see you’re a hostage as well. Wanna escape?”
These one liners will allow you an “in” with strangers because it’s weird to go up to people and just start talking to them. However, sharing lines of observational humor will give you the opportunity to do it in a non-creepy way.
Another way to meet new people on Black Friday is to build rapport. This means you try to find common ground with them. For example, if the store has run out of a certain product, then you can tell the person looking at the empty shelf, “I can’t believe they ran out so fast!” They are probably thinking the same thing and you’ve built common ground.
It’s important to remember that a lot of teens out on Black Friday may not want to be there. So, like with the hostage comment in the previous section, you can build rapport by emphasizing that you don’t really want to be there (well, not to shop anyway).
So, if your mom insists on dragging you shopping, then break away and try to meet a few new people. Try to relieve some stress through humor and rapport building. Who knows? That shopping trip you dreaded could lead to a new friend or even a date!