Dating Apps Broaden Their Reach, Create Platform for Making Friends

If you're new to the area or having a hard time making friends, there's help for you. Apps can help you quickly chat with other stay-at-home moms, young professionals or just people who live near you who could be your next best bud.

Tinder, Bumble, and many other apps out there let you very superficially find a date and approve or disapprove of them based on a photo and the little profile at the bottom that most people don't bother to read. A few months back NBC 5 Responds talked to singles in Dallas-Fort Worth about Tinder who said time and again they found guys who were great but didn't want to go on a date.

But there's a market for married or taken people who want to swipe left and right and just be friends. There's Bumble BFF and Tinder Social where you can meet other people around you who you might want to hang out with and just be friends.

It could be a good place to start for those who find themselves in a new city, where it may be difficult to know where to start.

Some of the apps unite you based on your interest.

Meet My Dog unites dog lovers, Hey! Vina is for women looking for other gal pals, and there are apps like Atleto to find friends who focus on their physical fitness and would like to find someone interested in a game of basketball after work.

You can find many other apps for making friends online in your mobile device's app store. Some even let you create a group of friends to all meet up together if you're nervous for the one-on-one meet up.

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