It can feel like you’re dating a whole friendship group and not just one person. She met her partner, Andy, on dating site OK Cupid.

“In the ‘olden days’ it would not have been like this,” she told me.

“[With these sites] you can skip the insecurity of, ‘Oh, they’re so busy, they don’t need friends,’” Shasta Nelson, founder of Girl Friend Circles told the .

Because, let’s face it, sometimes making new female friends is hard, sometimes harder than dating.

The took a closer look at three such sites in particular: Social Jane.com, Girl Friend Circles and Girlfriend Social.

According to its website, Girl Friend Circles is “committed to introducing awesome women and inspiring real friendships.” Girlfriend Social explicitly states that it is a website for “ladies only” who are “looking to make platonic women friendships.” The process works similarly to online dating.

Published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, it explains that there’s a ‘tipping point’ when it comes to online dating.

Put simply, how soon you meet will have a direct effect on your chemistry. You could be consigning yourself to a disappointing date.

Our members are people like you looking for hiking partners, dining companions, drinking buddies, a friend to go see a movie with, someone to play tennis with, or a great new best friend.

We’re two sisters that live across the country from each other and think it’s really hard to meet new friends - like really good friends, not acquaintances. I lived in Florida and although the people were friendly and I was very active socially, and I did make friends, it was very transitory.

Not only are there family members to meet for the first time, but friends, too.