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If You’re Looking For New Friends, Start With Your Acquaintances

An easy plan for strengthening any friendship

Illustration: Abbey Lossing

Loneliness was on the rise even before Covid-19. Now, with social events canceled and many people working from home, the situation is more dire — and might seem intractable. After all, how can you safely meet new people during a pandemic?




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Laura Vanderkam

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Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management books including Off the Clock and 168 Hours. She blogs at

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