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How a dating app can help you meet friends in your new city

Most people don't consider using a dating app for anything other than its intended purpose, but they can also be advantageous in finding new friends. This is especially true if you're moving to a new city or going on vacation. You may want to meet up with locals who can show you around. Taking a few steps in advance can help you do that safely and easily.

Change your location

Once you set up your dating app profile, you'll want to change your location to the city of your destination. People won't usually look at profiles from outside their area. You'll have much more success if people think you're already in the area.

Listen to your instincts

A note about safety here. While most people use dating services because they genuinely want to connect, there are those who use them for less reputable reasons. Listen to what your conscience is telling you, before you agree to meet someone. If you think something is off, you're probably right. 

Set your boundaries early

Whether on vacation or making a permanent move, you will want to be upfront about your intentions. Crushed feelings and resentment can result if someone agrees to meet you expecting more than you're really willing to give. Once you determine that you're going to meet in person, make a point to let him or her know you're only looking for friendship. If that's unacceptable, they can cancel without feeling used.

Start looking early

Don't wait until the last minute to start swiping right on profiles. Remember, most people are looking for love or something more casual, even if you're not. That means it may take you some time to find people willing to go to the friend zone with you. Also, connecting early will give you more time to become acquainted with your new friends. Some online chatting will give you an opportunity to feel them out and make sure they are who they claim to be.

Using a dating app to find platonic friends can be a challenge, but it can be done and it can be the best way to meet people in a strange city. A little perseverance may be necessary, but it will pay off and you may develop a long-lasting relationship as a reward. Be safe, be honest, and be yourself. 

BYBER Team 😉

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