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Looking for Friends – 5 Places to Stay Away From

They say that birds of a feather flock together and some potential friends are bad just by association.

5 Places to Stay Away From

“If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself.” – Aesop, Aesop’s Fables.

They say that birds of a feather flock together and some potential friends are bad just by association with particular locations. There are a lot of resources online that tell you the best places to meet new friends – the gym, hobby-based groups, sports classes and social events among others. But what about the places you should stay away from? Meeting new friends, particularly when you’ve moved to a new area can be difficult and it’s important that you’re not sabotaging yourself before the relationship gets started. Here are five places to stay away from when you’re looking for friends. Know the company you may be keeping.

Ex’s Family or Circle of Friends

Though you may think that you can develop a friendship within your ex’s family or circle of friends with no problem, you are probably mistaken. If you’ve walked away from your ex, the last thing you need to do is hang around the people he is closest to and develop friendships with those people. Relationships you start this way can get messy. Your ex, his/her family and other friends in the circle may question your intentions. Another issue concerns relationship closure. You will not be able to close the chapter of this relationship if you’re always being reminded of his presence.


The internet can be a very fun place, but the internet can also be a dangerous place, even for adults. Be conscious of the people you befriend online and their intentions. Be wary of people who try to develop friendship with you on sites like Craigslist that have a reputation for scammers and solicitors. While not all people on these sites have bad intentions or are unsafe, you must proceed with caution when it comes to meeting someone from the internet that you don’t know. If you are going to start up a friendship online, make sure you have mutual friends that can verify this person and what they are all about. It’s better to play it safe than sorry.

Bars and Clubs

It’s important to know the setting you are in, and the people that frequent those settings. While going to a bar or club for a celebration or an outing can be fun, developing a friendship with people in those settings can be a set up for failure, particularly if they’re active club goers. What may have started out as a simple night of fun can turn into a craving to be out every weekend to recreate that previous experience. If you’re involved in a committed relationship, this new-found club interest can really put a strain on your relationship. You should also stay away from meeting friends in this setting if you have issues with alcohol addiction. It’s much easier to spiral out of control in these settings than you may think.


You can meet a lot of cool people when you’re 45,000 feet in the air, but creating a solid friendship with someone you meet on a plane is unrealistic. This place isn’t on the list because the people are strange or unsafe, but because the idea of you staying connected with someone you meet on a plane is highly unlikely unless you happen to be living in the same area. They may be great, but don’t get your hopes too far up.


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