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Words with Friends? Another Way to Make New Friends

Published: January 7, 2012 | Last Updated: January 6, 2016 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

If you are a nerdy wordy like me, you’ll love this story that I wrote for the NBC Universal website, Life Goes Strong, Words with Friends: A Serendipitous Way to make new friends. It’s about two people, one from Chicago and the other from the Netherlands, who met over this highly addictive word game and eventually married.

I think the odds of that happening are somewhat akin to winning the lottery but I do think it’s a great way to make new friends and slowly get to know them over time.

As I write in the article: You can learn a lot about someone’s character from playing together. You get a glimpse of their intellect, reliability, tenacity, sociability – and sleeping habits.

Do you play?

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  1. Irene says:

    I feel the same way as you. If someone doesn’t get my humor—or the same humor as me—it makes me wonder!

    Best, Irene 

  2. Irene says:

    In WWF, too! 🙂

    Warm regards, Irene 


  3. Anonymous says:

    When I think about friendship, I think about trust and comfort. My best friends are people I trust completely and feel totally comfortable with. I’ve never really thought much about the importance of having the same sense of humor (or humour). But now that I think about it, I remember wanting a former boyfriend to watch an old Woody Allen movie with me (“Play It Again, Sam”) that I have always loved. My son was with me, and he and I were laughing as we watched. My boyfriend got irritated with both of us and said, “I don’t know WHAT you think is so funny about this movie!” I think I knew then and there that he and I would not stay together. It may be a silly way to judge, but we did split up. So I’d at least call that experience a “red flag.”

  4. Anonymous says:

    I rarely win, but I never resign unless my opponent is unresponsive for several hours. However, on the few occasions when I’ve been well ahead early in the game, my opponents have resigned. And, too, I like the idea of chatting during the game, but only one of my opponents has even responded to my comments or questions. That’s no fun! The “zyngawf” opponents are also a real drag. Guess I’ll have to stick to good old-fashioned Scrabble. If anyone out there wants to start AND finish a game, please let me know!.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I think that having the same sense of humour is key in a good friendship. A previous boyfriend had a “sense of humour” but it was completely different than mine. What he thought was funny was prejudice and rude in my opinion.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Words With Friends is a great way to pass the time between dates with the next Mr. Right. Better than watching TV. … WHAT AM I SAYING! … There’s nothing better than TV, but I’ve come up with a great way to build your WWF skills and have fun with TV trivia. Visit my blog and try my anagram game.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yes I think how we play reveals so much about ourselves. I have seen teens play icebreaker games and you can almost get a feel for hierarchy in a group by seeing how they respond! The wallflowers, the leaders, the confident, the silly ones as well as the snarky! so true…

  8. Irene says:

    Before I chime in, I’ll let others take a crack at your question too.


    Best, Irene 

  9. Anonymous says:

    I have a friend who was on a movie-interest group. She’s in Canada and she ended up befriending and marrying a fellow in Ireland. They both now live in Canada, and have been married for about five years.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Irene,
    I just came across your blog as I have been writing about friendship on mine and did a random search on Google to see what other people are saying!
    It is hard to find good friends, I think. More and more I feel that levels of intellect are important when finding friends you can relate to (I know this might sound ‘snobby’). Have you found this through your work? If not, what seem to be the main factors in determining a good friendship?
    Thanks, Laura (http://pleasuresimple.blogspot.com/)

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