Remember the good old days when you were locked in a room with people your own age and forced to form emotional attachments to them?
Say what you want about the politics, bitchiness and mind games that find their way into the school yard (Canberra’s got nothing on the cretins who populate Grade Nine classrooms) it’s a fast and efficient way to snag some friends.
But as you get older your core friendship group starts to splinter. People head off to uni, move overseas or start producing tiny humans and before you know it you’re sitting alone at the movies with a decoy box of popcorn on the seat next to you, throwing fake where-is-my-friend looks towards the door to make it look like you’re not going to die alone.
As a society we spend countless hours (and dollars) seeking out a soulmate of the the romantic variety. But when it comes to finding soulmates of the just-wanna-be-friends type it’s considered somewhat unacceptable to sidle up to strangers and ask if they’d like to hang out with you in a way that won’t involve the exchange of bodily fluids.
Apps such as Tinder, Happn, HowAaboutWe and Tindog (the dating service for pet owners) along with websites such as RSVP, Plenty of Fish and Oasis are all geared towards finding you company of the adult variety. There are speed dating events, singles nights, singles cruisers and a dozen other socially acceptable pastimes here to help you navigate your romantic future.
But when’s the last time your local pub ran a ‘Let’s Just Be Friends and Drink Tasty Brews Together’ night’?
Saying you need to find someone who’ll share love, life and a Netflix password with you is seen as a normal and hopeful endeavour. You’re Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway and every other ingenue who’s ever appeared on the silver screen seeking romance.
However, saying you’re currently wandering lost and alone through a friendless desert populated with solo wine drinking sessions and a dash of social neurosis is seen as somewhat less cute.
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