New Londoners and veterans alike know how difficult it is in a big city to strike up conversation with anyone outside of the office. Just as in New York, the London Underground is a no-no for idle chat.
Everyone lives busy lives and a vibrant city can seem a lonely place for people living and working there. A new app, Excuses to Meet aims to solve this problem by hooking up people with common interests.
After installing the app, available on iOS and Android, you can choose from a list of excuses to meet and find local people who are looking to do similar things.
Whether that is checking out the latest pop-up event, finding compatible flatmates for house-hunting, learning a new language, visiting an exhibition, or simply finding a wingman to hit the town with, the app can help.
The Excuses to Meet app helps Londoners lead a more connected life in what often feels like a socially disconnected world.
The app has been designed to connect people without operating like an online dating service. The company is currently piloting its app in the London area but has plans in the near future to branch out to other locations.
Some reasons for meeting, such as house hunting, may be a relatively short-term relationship.
The London based company has found that many lasting friendships have been created as a result of its app.
The app works by asking to selecting from a range of reasons why you might want to meet someone new. Once a selection is made, the app automatically finds people with the same, or similar excuses and displays their profile and distance from the user's home location.
From here, users are given the option to chat and arrange a meeting in their own time. The company wants to hear from anyone who is interested in the using the app in their area so that the app can grow across regions.
London can be overwhelming, for even the most hardened city dweller. It's far too easy to spend too much time trying to fit into London instead of making London fit your interests, your goals, your schedule, and your passions.
The app gives a great opportunity for newcomers to London to build their network with like-minded people and launch them directly into a new social scene. I think the idea will spread far and wide.
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