Sunday, September 4, 2016

Huggle App: Way to Make Friends as an Adult

I was given the opportunity to share a new app called Huggle with all of my readers and I'm really excited about it! The idea is that you download the app on your phone (it's free!) and you can fill out your profile and then just go about your daily life. It will match you up with the places that you are visiting - like the gym or a concert- and if someone else on Huggle went to the same place, you'll be able to visit their profile.

In the app, you have a Places section and you can click on "Places Nearby" and it shows people that were in places near you. You can also click "My Places" and it shows the people that were in the same places as you! The whole idea of this app is to help you meet new people and possibly make new friends in places you are already visiting.

Huggle is obviously available in the U.S. but it's originally a U.K. app! It's great to see that it's expanding and more people can use it. If you're curious about how you are kept safe using this app, read the following-

Huggle has been praised for deterring inappropriate online behaviour.

Huggle is the first app in the UK to provide safety features, such as it’s one minute photo verification and hyper-local technology, which automatically picks up users' locations and stops fake check-ins. No random people can see your list of places only you! And you can only speak to people if you have a place in common.

I love that these measures are in place and I'm a huge fan of the idea behind this app. There are plenty of apps out there where you can find a boyfriend/girlfriend, and you probably could with Huggle as well, but it's ultimately about finding people with common interests that you can be friends with! As we get older, it's harder and harder to meet new new people and everyone seems to be stuck in the same rut. Maybe they don't have time, maybe think they have enough friends. There are plenty of excuses, but I'm one of those people who loves to meet new people and possibly become friends. Just because we're not in school doesn't mean we should stop socializing, right?

I've so far come across two other people who have visited places near me, which is great! You can "like" this connection or you can message them. So far, I've just "liked" the connection! While using this app in my own life, I read the September issue of Family Circle and I was excited to see a feature all about adult friendships between women. Around 1,000 women were asked questions and the magazine shared the various percentages in answers. It was really eye-opening and made me realize even more that people need this app!

I thought I'd share some of what the Family Circle survey revealed about these friendships in order to give you an idea of why Huggle might be the perfect new app for you!

When asked about the greatest obstacle to making friends as an adult, 40% answered that they just didn't have enough time! Huggle is great for this because it shows you the people in your area going where you already go! No extra effort involved!

The survey also included some fun tips on how to meet people and one idea was to follow your passion. This essentially means join a class or find somewhere where you can enjoy what you already love - dance class, book club, etc. This is something extra but it's still a nice idea. However, if you're already doing something like this in terms of going to a gym or somewhere else with a lot of people, you can use the app to narrow down people who are doing the same and you might be interested in getting to know better.

Finally, the survey states that 40% of friendships that have ended are just two people who drifted apart. Nothing big happened, like a fight. Whether you had a falling out with a friend, or simply went in different paths in your life, this doesn't mean you don't deserve future friends! Use where you are in life and find the people around you. Some places, like a small dance class, might mean it's easier to just talk to someone there and get to know them. 

However, there are plenty of places where Huggle comes in handy! Maybe you met someone but didn't get contact details and can't find them later. Check out Huggle and if they are on there, you can make another connection! Or maybe you are looking for a workout buddy - look at Huggle and see who else attends your gym! Whether you're new to town or just want to expand your friendship horizons, check out Huggle and see what comes of it! 

Thanks to Huggle for allowing me to help promote via BloggersRequired; all opinions are my own though! 



Shannon/ It Starts at Midnight said...

This is actually pretty cool! I think I agree that most of my friendships drifted apart, which is sad. It's hard these days because like, everyone lives all over the place. It's easy to meet and connect with people online, but then oops, all your friends live in different time zones. Even friends I had when I was younger drifted apart- most moved away, which is sad. I can only think of one person in all my days that I actively decided to end a friendship with, so I don't know if that is good or bad hahaha. This is intriguing! I love the idea- I do kind of worry about the whole "who would I actually end up finding" thing- aka, how weird would some of the people be bwhahah. Thanks for sharing this!

Cleo Bannister said...

This does sound like a good idea - it is slightly different for me because I live on a small island and so I naturally meet people through friends of friends but it is harder to make those connections as we get older and we all need other people in our lives.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Hmm, that sounds like an interesting app :)

Jasprit said...

I didn't even realise that Huggle was a U.K app, but it sounds super interesting, thank you for sharing your great post on it with us :)

cleemckenzie said...

Love the name! Sounds warm and friendly to the max.

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

This sounds like a great idea for an app. I find it hard to do the whole new friends thing as an adult!

Jennifer Humphries said...

Wow that is a pretty innovative app! I wonder who it would match me with? I visit Walmart and Target a lot so that might be a hoot!

Naomi Hop said...

This sounds like an interesting App... I thought it was going to be a dating thing!!

Leslie A said...

What an interesting app! It's definitely difficult to meet other adults as we get older. Sometimes it's just about making that little extra effort. I like the idea of being able to know that other people are already interested in the same locations as you.