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Being a transplant from the Midwest, I find it hard to meet new people, mostly because my job is virtual, which means I work from home. Having a home based office has it's perks, but it is not helpful in meeting new people. In desperation, I happened to come across the website meetup.com, they also offer an app for smartphones.
In my area (San Diego, CA.) there is a TON of things to do via the app. So far I've been whale watching, and went on a 10 mile bike and brunch event. I meet the nicest people, and don't feel weird for not having a friend with me. I feel totally comfortable doing things alone, and hopefully making new friends along the way. There is a plethora of offerings, from pub and art crawls, to biking, hiking, yoga, movies, brunches, evenings out, adult coloring, and more. You name it, there's a meet up for it. It is truly the best thing since sliced bread, and a wonderful way to meet new people in your community.
Pros: Something for everyone. Even introverts! If you can't find something you like then you must not enjoy much! It gives you the opportunity to do things that your friends or family might not enjoy, but you don't want to miss out on. It also gives you the opportunity to diversify your circle, meeting people that you otherwise might not come into contact with.
Cons: There aren't many to be truthful. Some of the events cost money, but there are plenty of free ones too. You would need transportation to get there if you aren't close to the meet up.
Final Result: LOVE IT! The only thing stopping you, is YOU if you don't use this app!