What's the Right Environment to Meet People in San Diego?
San Diego is a beautiful place to live with a ton of things to do, yet this doesn't mean it's an easy place to meet new people and make meaningful connections. Most everyone would agree that it would be nice to have some like-minded friends or a romantic partner to enjoy the city with, yet finding the right people to do this can be a challenge. In an effort to help, let's ask and answer the question: what's the right environment to meet people in San Diego?
Challenges of Making Meaningful Connections
There are many different types of people living in the world, and especially in a multi-cultural city like San Diego; this can make it difficult to meet the right type of people to be friends with.
Basically, making friends randomly with just anyone can be a negative experience, which is why it's important to meet people that share similar views, personalities, and circumstances. This doesn't mean meeting a carbon copy on oneself, yet meeting people that can relate with you is essential.
Despite what may be portrayed through cultural lenses, not everyone is perfectly at ease with the crowd, able to always have the right things to say and be the life of the party. In fact, the opposite is true with most people, especially young professional adults trying to find their way in a new city. This is why environments with drugs and alcohol typically aren't good environments to make meaningful connections at.
Responsible and thoughtful adults should avoid involving alcohol with making meaningful connections. This is why environments like bars and concert halls are, usually, not the best places to get to know new people and make meaningful connections.
Work may be a good place to make meaningful connections, yet it can also pose problems if relationships go sour; also, meeting people at work is limited and doesn't expand a person's life outside of work.
A person could just walk around and visit places that interest them, hoping to randomly meet people and make meaningful connections, yet it's hard to randomly meet people that are in similar circumstances. Being at places of shared interest does help increase the odds of meeting someone like-minded, yet it's difficult to randomly start conversations, even when accompanied by a friend.
These are some of the challenges young professionals may have with making meaningful connections in large metropolises like San Diego.
Conducive Environments for Making Meaningful Connections
Young adults in their 20s and 30s still want to have fun while meeting new people, so what's needed is a conducive environment for having fun and making meaningful connections. This means a comfortable and fun environment where people can get to know each other while focusing on a positive activity.
Also, a conducive environment would be a place where people are primarily there to make meaningful connections as well. The focus would be on something fun, positive, and universally appealing to the people there.
The activity or focus should allow the participants or patrons to converse and be themselves. Places like this could be a:
- book review club
- hobby club
- art workshop
- spiritual study group
- board game night meeting place
- art group
- bowling/sports league
These types of clubs and activities may be harder to locate than the typical bar, yet these are the types of places where meaningful connections are easier to make for the average young professional adult.
The right environment for meeting people and making meaningful connections in San Diego depends on the type of interests young professionals have, yet by avoiding bars and "exciting hot spots" in favor of low-key, less popular environments, they'll have a better chance of making sincere friends and truly enjoying their stay in San Diego.
Originally published on Business and Society Articles June 17th, 2018
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