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kr123
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Hello everybody

I'm in my final year of university and I'm currently doing a project on loneliness in university students. I'm trying to find a simple solution to help university students easily make new friends.

Basically the current idea I have is an app for university students. But instead of first talking online, you can only interact with another student when physically near them (could be any student when your out and about). So you can either play games on the app or view the other persons interests and have funny light-hearted suggestions of what you could say to break the ice (I know how hard it is to start a conversation haha) but the idea is to easily make a friend with a bit of fun and playfulness, or they could even be jokes? I'm still working on the idea haha

But I would love any suggestions on what could be done to help university students make new friends or even cope with moving to a university in a new city.

Thanks guys
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How about remove the idea of an app alltogether, as such gadgets are sure not to foster more socialization between students. A better idea with be to organise joint groups for students with like minded hobbies, such as certain types of sports, music, video games, etc. It can be about anything! As well as having a general coffee bar, say every Friday at 7:30 for all students to join in and have a drink or two. This way, it would be much simpler for them to find friends and ease themnselves in in university life.
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^ that. Too much digital will isolate you, just as sure as none at all.
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Yep. Making friends can be really hard for many people.

Children make friends easily. It is staggering how awkward adults can be when it comes to initiating a conversation.

There is Tinder. I am guessing there are also a few specialist friendship apps out there.

I like your idea. Connecting people through games and common interests. Also maybe a 'poke' or 'like' function etc.
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(Original post by kr123)
Hello everybody

I'm in my final year of university and I'm currently doing a project on loneliness in university students. I'm trying to find a simple solution to help university students easily make new friends.

Basically the current idea I have is an app for university students. But instead of first talking online, you can only interact with another student when physically near them (could be any student when your out and about). So you can either play games on the app or view the other persons interests and have funny light-hearted suggestions of what you could say to break the ice (I know how hard it is to start a conversation haha) but the idea is to easily make a friend with a bit of fun and playfulness, or they could even be jokes? I'm still working on the idea haha

But I would love any suggestions on what could be done to help university students make new friends or even cope with moving to a university in a new city.

Thanks guys

This might be interesting.

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2014/10/...s-and-students
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