How To Make Friends When You’re Stuck At Home

You can improve your social life by staying indoors all day.

Matt Lillywhite
5 min readOct 22, 2020


Photo by Mathilde Langevin on Unsplash

There are over 7.8 billion people in the world. And with the power of the internet, making friends with some of them can be pretty easy. Heck, you don’t even need to leave your home.

This happened to me just a few months ago when I joined several online communities for writers. We often do video calls for a few hours and discuss writing, editing, and many other topics related to creativity. As a result, I’ve met some truly incredible people that I previously didn’t even know existed.

In a world of social distancing and isolation, pretty much everyone wants to meet new people and make more friends. But unfortunately, very few people know how to do it virtually. So if you want to improve your online social life, here are several things that you can do right now.

Find Your Online Tribe.

What do you care about? What do you enjoy? What topics could you talk about for hours? Write down a list of things you love doing and join online communities that match those specific interests.

I’m in quite a lot of private Facebook groups that have a strong focus on writing. I’ve met some great people since I first joined those communities, and consequently, it’s been fairly easy to make new friends.

You can do the same. Contribute to the discussion. Write something meaningful that others may find useful or interesting. Engage with other people’s posts, and become an active part of the community.

This strategy has been life-changing for me. Try it out for yourself.

Don’t Be Afraid To Make The First Move.

If you’ve already interacted with people in the community, it (probably) won’t come across as weird. After all, private messaging is a great way to continue a discussion in a lot more depth.

I love getting to know new writers. I love hearing about their story and what inspired them to start their creative journey. It’s fascinating. So whenever I have a discussion with someone in the comment thread of an online community, I’ll message them and start a conversation.