Meet! Enjoy! Connect!

We are creating a technology that brings people all over the world together. Our priority is to create technology with a social purpose, because we care about improving individual lives.

It seems like this world is more connected than it has ever been. We can communicate through social media with friends, family and strangers who live miles apart.
Some might have a lot of followers/friends on their social media page so it looks like they are connected with others. But in many cases they still feel lonely because they are only connected through social media and not in real life.
We want to change this by using social media and connecting people in real life, in different locations all over the world by offering a variety of activities organized by individuals.

Story

Feeling lonely

“You come across groups of friends everywhere. In the city, on social media, in the supermarket or on TV. Seeing those things over and over again is very difficult.
I would also like to have a cup of coffee with someone on the terrace. I would also like to be with someone other than my family on a photo that I can post on social media. But most of all I miss the conversations you have with friends, the social atmosphere and for example with New Year’s Eve. Just having a nice drink together an starting the new year with friends. So the downside of 2018 is that i feel lonely.

I hope to change this in 2019! With the help of a therapist if necessary.
Because without friends it isn’t fun at all.

Written by Lianne van der Werf in her personal blog

Each one of us has their own unique story, embrace the differences between people.
If you see people who are lonely, here are some tips:

tip #1

Start small

It can be easy to start by doing 1 small thing for someone that needs it. Invite them to join you on something you normally do alone. Maybe you will
find yourself in having a great connection with this person and you will become friends!

tip #2

Listen

Sometimes all anyone needs is somebody who will listen. Even if it is a stranger. Someone that takes the time for you.
What does it take to be a good listener?
1. Make eye contact
2. Let them know you hear them
3. Ask questions
4. Don`t interrupt
5. Be understanding

Sometimes having someone that listens to you can make all the diffrence in the world. So when somebody in the bus or plane start talking to you, make some time. You do not know how much they just need to speak to someone.

tip #3

Go out and do something they like

If someone is socially isolated, they are not doing things that they like.
Maybe you could find out what this person likes to do or read. And just connect them with the things they like or love to do. Sometimes someone just needs a little push and a little encouragement.
Why?
Because nothing says ” I care about you ” then having someone know that you excist and helps you out.
And it even makes you feel good about yourself! It is a win-win!

tip #4

Get to know them

Taking the time to get to know someone is one of the kindest things you can do. It can help a lonely person to feel alive and good.
What to do?
1. Ask questions about them like you are interested in them
2. Use your listening skills!
3. Ask opinions or advice

We all know the moments that you want to share something and the other person experienced the same and takes over the conversation. And we know how suprisingly good it feels when somebody is really interested and is really trying to get to know you.

tip #5

Be optimistic

A lonely person needs positivity!

Happiness and positive energy can be infectious, so share this and inspire! It can make a world of difference.
Talk about things that excite you, things that you know excite them! Take charge of the conversaton in keeping it positive.

tip #6

 Help set goals

Getting small goals and attaining them can be an immensely satisfying process, and is more important than ever when you are feeling down.
What to do
1 Ask what kin of goals someone has or would want to have
2. Review the goals as it needs to be small to start with
3. Offer encouragement
4. If you see them again, ask how it is so far regarding that goal they set.
5. Offer advice and tips if they need and want it.

Being busy with the future brings positivity. You can’t do anything wrong!

“Every new friend is a new adventure… The start of new memories”

– Patrick Landsey

Social isolation

What impact does loneliness have?

Research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions such as: high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, a weakened immune system, cognitive decline, anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.
People who find themselves unexpectedly alone due to the death of a spouse or partner, separation from friends or family, retirement, loss of mobility, and lack of transportation are at particular risk.
Conversely, people who engage in meaningful, productive activities with others tend to live longer, boost their mood, and have a sense of purpose. These activities seem to help maintain their well-being and may improve their cognitive function, studies show.

Our time is limited on earth, we should think by ourselves: What can i do to make a positive impact.