Let's face it, folks - meeting new people in your 30s can sometimes feel like navigating a maze blindfolded. But fret not, single folk! A secret weapon has been flying under the radar: volunteering. Yep, you heard it here first. Volunteering can be the best way for someone in their 30s to meet new people, and here's why.

First, forget the clichéd singles bars and dating apps with profiles with more filters than an Instagram influencer. Volunteering events are where you'll find genuine, down-to-earth folks who share your passion for improving our communities. Plus, they've already got brownie points for their altruistic hearts.

How do we know this? Because an overwhelming amount of people on Reddit said so. 

What are some good ways to meet new people in Boise? I’m a single guy in mid 30s
byu/PiliSuarius inBoise

We don't know if this guy in his 30s is looking for love or new friends, but the fact that he did mention "single" gives a vibe that he could be looking for both friends and a companion. 

Let's get back to this volunteering thing. Think about it - while you're out there planting trees, feeding the homeless, or rescuing kittens, you're surrounded by like-minded souls. And as you bond over shared interests and common goals, that's when the sparks can fly. Even if you're not looking for companionship, it's a great place to meet people. 

If volunteering isn't your thing, that's fine. We've put together a list of other great recommendations for you from this Reddit thread. 

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"Are We Dating the Same Guy?" + 27 Other Interesting Idaho Facebook Groups

Connection & Controversy
Six years after it rocked the world with friend requests and profile pics, Facebook launched what's become one of its most revolutionary and iconic features: Facebook groups. But what inspired the idea of exclusive or interest-based subgroups?

Zuckerberg's Groupies
In his 2017 manifesto, Zuckerberg expanded on Facebook's goal to "develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us."

He wanted Facebook users to have the autonomy to create communities that were civically-engaged, supportive, and inclusive. It was also a means to shift from friend-centric interactions to user experiences with an axiom of authentic communication in group discussions.

While we can't speak to how supportive or deep Facebook groups are or aren't, Zuckerberg's success with the initiative speaks for itself.

According to SellCoursesOnline, between 2016 and 2020, a Facebook report found that "the number of active members in Facebook Groups almost doubled from 1 billion to 1.8 billion users." As of 2022, that accounts for approximately 60% percent of the platform's 2.93 billion users.

Facebook Group Facts
  • In 2017, 100 million users said they belonged to groups they found "very meaningful." By 2019, that number had grown to 400 million.
  • 50 percent of Facebook users belong to at least five groups.
  • Driven by trends, branding, and offline communities and businesses with a need for an online presence, there are tens of millions of Facebook groups today.
  • Nearly 100 percent of users say Facebook groups foster a sense of belonging and a place to talk about important issues.

Idaho Facebook Groups
In 2023, Facebook groups remain the MVP of online communities around the world. And Idaho is no exception!

Listed below are 28 Idaho Facebook groups we find particularly interesting, quirky, or useful.

How many of them do you belong to you? We have a feeling that number will grow a bit after a scroll through our gallery!

Click the pic to join the Facebook group!

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