One of the hardest challenges of adulthood is finding your people. When you're not in a school full of similarly aged people, how do you develop connections? We asked Cracked readers on Facebook, “What advice would you give to people looking to make new friends as an adult?" The most common answer was “don't bother," but here are 18 of the more useful tips. 

TELL US NOW. DO AN ACTIVITY REGULARLY Catherine M. advises, Find an activity and do it regularly. Same time, same place. You'll start to recognize people who do the same. From there you can establish rapport and build. Proximity, familiarity, and shared experience go a long way. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. GET WEIRD Tim B. says, Don't conceal your weird hobby, lean into it instead. Really into magic? You'd be surprised how quickly that will get you invited to hang out at the bar. Even if there's no immediate use for your weird hobby, it makes you distinct.

TELL US NOW. VOLUNTEER Mac M. recommends volunteering to meet people who have the same values you do and adds, It shows you are interested in something beside yourself. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. MEETUP.COM Laura P. says, I made a great group of friends through Meetup! Go to a few meetings and see if there's someone you gel with. CRACKED.COM

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TELL US NOW. BE PATIENT Brian D. says, You can't force it. Just because you're looking for friends and someone else is too doesn't mean yOu have something in common. You're not going to be compatible with MOST people because friendship is, well... pretty special, and therefore pretty rare.

TELL US NOW. GET ROMANTICALLY REJECTED Mickel E. iokes, Try to date people out of your league. T hey will totally just want to be friends. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. GET A PET INSTEAD Todd F. playfully says, Get a dog; if you are looking for loyalty or respect or consideration, hoomens just ain't capable...  CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. WEAR GRAPHIC TEES CRACKEDE AFTER HOURS April L. shares, I like to wear t-shirts of my interests. It's a free billboard, haha! The more obscure the better. I call it a nerd litmus test. When someone knows the reference, I know they are my people.

TELL US NOW. FOCUS ON AN INTEREST Ralph B. says, Don't go looking for friends. Go look for a hobby, an interest, a mission, an activity, a project, a passion. You will meet people along the way you'l want to befriend. A shared passion is a great basis for a

TELL US NOW. BE HUMBLE Arseni K. says, Be humble, don't make it all about you when talking to new people. Ask questions, be genuinely interested in them, show some basic understanding and empathy. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. BE FRIENDLY Seth L. says, Be nice to everyone you come across. You never know when a 'hey how's it going' turns into a life long friendship.

TELL US NOW. FACEBOOK GROUPS 0213S0 WO f Eratimh Chanoe Emal Phione 0d LOON Jessica S. shares, I was really having a tough time until I ioined my local Facebook Pokemon Go raid grouP. We would do a raid and eventually started to linger and chat for a few minutes

TELL US NOW. JOIN COMMUNITY THEATER Alan Knight advises doing this, especially if you're interested in aspects of theater other than acting, can tell you for absolutely certain that there is no better way to form deep and lasting friendships with other people than in the theatre. It's just

TELL US NOW. GET REAL CHEESY Allen S. suggests, Carry a cooler filled with cheese and offer it to prospective friends. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. BE AUTHENTIC Tiffany L. tells US, Be the person you were afraid to be when you were in school. Your authentic self will attract the kind of friends you can grow old with.

TELL US NOW. FOOD, BOOZE, OR DRUGS J.V. says, If you don't indulge in at least one of these vices, most people typically won't want to be around you. CRACKED.COM

TELL US NOW. PLAY BILLIARDS Dru B. says, I used to play all the time. It opens a lot of doors and can gain a lot of respect.

TELL US NOW. GET ACTIVE Brent P. suggests, Whether it's in a gym, a book club, or volunteering. If it is something that YOu are interested in, YOu will meet others with a common interest that will make bonding a little easier.
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