Making friends has never been this easy….

It can be hard to make new friends at any time of your life, however it can be especially difficult

It can be hard to make new friends at any time of your life, however it can be especially difficult in your 60s as many people have been socialising with the same group for decades. But now a new app for women could change this completely.

A new app called Hey! VINA has just launched and it aims to join women together, much like the Tinder app for young singles.

According to the VINA website, “we’re dedicated to building global communities of women who make each other feel supported, inspired, free, and above all else, happy.

“We started this company in Summer 2015 with the belief that all it takes is one friend to change your whole life. With the right set of people to support you in your journey and a culture of community over competition, we can change the world in all the best ways”.

If you’re not familiar with the modern dating apps, they ask you to set up a profile and find matches in your area via GPS. You then swipe left (no) or right (yes) to people you have common interests with.

When you sign up to Hey! VINA, you sign up using your Facebook, which then draws information from your profile such as your location, profile pic and any work information.

You’re then asked a 6 question quiz that includes questions such as:

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It’s a bit of a strange concept to consider – looking at a photo of another woman with some details about who she is and what she likes, and in an instant deciding whether she has friend potential – but it seems like it could be a great tool for women who want a companion but haven’t had success through traditional means.

“When it comes to dating for romantic purposes, you can look in a room and know instantaneously who you have a connection with. … When it comes to friendship, it’s hard to look around and see who you have something in common with,” Hey! VINA co-founder Olivia June Poole told Washington Post. “You can’t know who is also going through a divorce or who is new to town.”

On an app, you can know those things, and know for sure that the person on the app wants to meet you too. Poole and her co-creator, Jen Aprahamian, hope people will take a chance.

“People are moving more than they ever have before,” Poole said. “And even if you stay put, your friends move away, get married or have children. You need to make sure you have a support group.”

As you know from using Starts at 60, the internet is an incredible place and you can make friends more easily than ever before.


Tell us: would you use a friendship-finder app?

  1. I joined a craft group 2 years ago and have met some lovely talented ladies. It took a while for them to get to know me and me them. I started volunteering at our local Tourist Information Center last November and I am working with some great people and learning new skills. My tourism training course starts 14th March for 6 weeks. So looking forward to it and will have a Cert 3 in Tourism. Last week I joined U3A and have joined their Drama Group. Meet next week at my house and I have just finished the 1st Act of a 3Aact play I am writing. So much to do and so little time.

    • Deborah Drinan Sure is. If you sit at home and stare at the walls it is your own fault. I can recommend U3A as a starting place. Our local club has so many activities it is unbelievable. There are also regular outings.

  2. Joy Saker  

    I would – every time I make a friend, her husband gets transferred or she moves to be nearer her grandchildren, and at the moment I do not have one friend living in town.

  3. Have never found it hard to make friends also have had good friends for 20 to 50 years we have a lot of fun,have friends overseas in countries I’ve visited & keep in touch & revisit..

  4. It appears that it’s only for iPad/ iPhone and you need iTunes to download it so that counts me out.

  5. Joyce Leslie  

    Yes it would be lovely to chat with new friends. Or Just go out for a coffee

  6. Lois  

    Could there be an ap that connected people who wanted to go on a group tramping trip? If they lived in the same district they would then be able to have a get together to plan it.
    Or others might like to have a dinner party that meets monthly.

    • Marion davis  

      Now there’s a good idea. I need someone to travel with. I couldn’t possibly go on a cruise alone . No husband so who can I go with. Separate rooms would suit me better but you need a companion to dine and sight see with.

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