Since there are so many ways in which one’s social life can get fucked up, I figured we’d tackle them one at a time, trying to think beyond the conventional BS advice that everyone always gives out, and do it UfYH-style: with challenges!
Problem: I need to meet more people.
Conventional advice: Go hang out in coffee shops! Take a class! Join a book club!
UfYH advice: Crowdsource that shit. People, we are ON THE INTERNET. We spend a lot of time ON THE INTERNET. We know people from all over the country and the world, but we have trouble finding people within a 25-mile radius. This is a small world, though, and someone knows someone who lives near-ish you who you’d probably get along with. Have a common friend/acquaintance/whatever make the introductions. Meet someplace random and absurd, because meeting new people is kind of random and absurd anyway. People who spend inordinate amounts of time online tend to have very similar personalities. There’s no harm in asking in your various online communities, “Hey, anyone know someone cool in [area]?” Someone usually does.
This is ignoring the very obvious, “if there are people in your online communities who live near you, get off your asses and hang out in person.” I’m totally guilty of being too lazy to follow through on this.