Dating site Bumble — dubbed the "feminist Tinder" — is trying to change that with the launch of its new feature Bumble BFF, which enables you to find a friend, rather than a date, online.
As I browsed, I discovered that Bumble BFF works just like Tinder; swipe right if you like the look of someone, swipe left if you don't.
I have to say, it felt a little strange to swipe left and essentially decide whether I wanted to be friends with someone based on their profile photo.
Never, in real life, have I rejected a potential friend based on their appearance in a couple of photographs.
LONDON — Making friends isn't easy when you're an adult.
Gone are the halcyon schooldays when friend-making opportunities were plenty, and social events never-ending.
I'm a grown-up now, and it turns out that new friends aren't all that easy to come by.
At age 27, the endless opportunities to add to my existing circle of friends have dried up, and finding time to fit in social events is a constant challenge. Research carried out by the Mental Health Foundation suggests 18 to 34 year olds are more likely to feel lonely more often than the over-55s, while last year the Office for National Statistics found London to be the loneliest capital city in Europe.
First of all, I set about making a profile to attract potential friends.
I took my time over choosing the right photos — if online dating is anything to go by, one wrong move in the photo department could render me a Billy no-mates.
With that in mind, I steered clear of sultry or sexy photos, instead opting for photos that showed off my personality and lifestyle.
I chose two pics from my holiday in Paris — and yes, I did once wear the same outfit as a tablecloth — along with a photo of me taken in London. I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty excited about the prospect of meeting a like-minded individual to chat and hang out with. In the words of Ellie Goulding, anything could happen...