Swallowing my doubts – and fears of being rejected – I ‘add’ half a dozen women on each site.I’ve resolved to be open-minded and have just two criteria for my choices: they must look friendly and we should have one shared interest.After an hour, conversation is flowing more naturally – though, saying goodbye, my nerves return. It feels like a safe middle ground, and I’m grateful.By the time I meet my second date, Juliana, a 36-year-old barrister I come across on Citysocializer, I feel like an old hand. I was quite nervous about meeting for a whole meal – there’s no easy get-out in the way there is for a coffee. Juliana’s reasons for joining the site are similar to mine.By evening I’ve received a response, from a woman on Girlfriend Social who recently relocated from New York.I reply, gushing about how much I love the States, but then hear nothing back. Still, I persevere for a few days and by midweek, I have plans to meet three women. It feels, somehow, as though there’s more at stake than there would be with a romantic date.
So she decided to message women on OKCupid to see if anyone was up for a platonic relationship.
Another new app, Rendezwho, tries to create long-lasting friendships by matching two random users for life.
There is an even an app called Meet My Dog for pet owners and their pooches who are looking for some companionship.
Several now live abroad, and plenty have moved to other parts of the UK.
I miss having girlfriends to call for a quick coffee, or to meet after work for a drink.