One of the main reasons we love the internet so much is that it gives us an opportunity to connect with people who we would have never considered before. From Snapchatters to social media sites like Facebook, it is now possible to connect at the touch of a button. Yet, many people are cautious about meeting people online and are missing out on great opportunities. To combat this we will look at 4 social clubs that will help you meet new people.
Travelling is a great form of escape, one that has proven health benefits like relieving stress and enhancing brain health. Unsurprisingly travel-centric communities have mushroomed online. Notably, there is Girls Love Travel, a Facebook group founded in 2015. It now has over 600,000 members, plus over 130,000 followers on Instagram. Here members not only post their travel photos and stories; they also promote safety, security and give tips on where to socialise. And when a travelling member is nearby other members can offer help and companionship.
The Facebook community Couchsurfing Backpackers is similar to Girls Love Travel. Like Girls Love Travel, Couchsurfing Backpackers aims to give backpackers around the world an online community to socialise and talk about a shared passion. Even when you don’t travel that much, joining these communities will let you see the world from the members’ vantage point. And when you do venture out you’ll have a support group ready to lend a helping hand.
Sport unites people across cultures. As Medium explains in an article on online sports communities there is a considerable offline element to sports-centric online groups. Fans are able to band together via online communities and fan pages. These can be used by fans to celebrate big wins, vent out frustration after tough losses, share opinions about games, and keep one another up-to-date.
As such professional teams around the world have fan sites, which can be created by the team themselves, by the fans, or both. Premier League club Arsenal, for instance, has numerous fan sites, notably Pain in the Arsenal, along with a host of Facebook and Twitter fan pages. For those who love horse riding the British Horse Society has an online community that shares competitions and equine tips for its members. If you are passionate about a sport, finding an online community is one of the best ways to find new friends.
Online Gaming Communities
Online gaming is often associated with consoles and PCs. Yet, more people are playing online games using their smartphones and tablets. One mobile online game that has become a cultural phenomenon is Fortnite. The Guardian in an op-ed on online gaming points out how games like Fortnite “are bringing young people from different regions and religions together and bridging divides.” These games, in fact, now perform the same function as traditional sports in that they offer “a chance at kinship.”
This social aspect of gaming can be seen across every type of platform, even for games like poker that are known for being solo activities. For example, the PPPoker app has developed a strong following by allowing its users to use poker as a social platform to meet new people. Pocket Full of Apps outlines how PPPoker is revolutionising online gaming by taking the focus off competitive play and putting it on the social aspect of the game. This is being done through the creation of social lounges and clubs where players from over 100 different countries can meet and play with one another. It even has dedicated Twitter and Instagram pages where people can share ideas and tactics. Both Fortnite and PPPoker show how online gaming is the perfect place to meet likeminded people from all over the world in a competitive arena.
Online Book Clubs
Like sports, books have a way of bonding people. In fact, book clubs are thriving in the 21st century internet age. Hello Sunshine, an Instagram-powered book club was launched in 2015 by American actress Reese Witherspoon and now has over 800,000 followers. It has also helped the novels The Alice Network and Little Fires Everywhere become bestsellers. English actress Emma Watson has her own book club in Our Shared Shelf, which has over 400,000 followers on Instagram. These communities allow people to recommend books and discuss them in a safe space. Perfect for those who love to read but don’t get the chance to often share their passion.