Renting Friends vs GirlCrew

Recently an article highlighted the new phenomenon of renting friends. People are now using Rent a Friend for as much as €40 an hour. Madness.

Wait, how exactly do I rent a friend??

Rent a Friend is a website that allows you to sign up looking for a friend or to sign up and be a friend. A spokesperson has said that you can rent a local friend to hang out with. It could be something like seeing a movie or heading to a party. Even if you are looking for someone to teach you a new skill. It’s all there. And while I can understand the premise of Rent a Friend, I can’t help but think that this is taking complete advantage of lonely people.

Some people can’t make friends easily, for many reasons. They work late, have kids, are incredibly shy. Myself for example, I have very bad anxiety so meeting new people can be a nightmare. If this were 3 years ago, I might have considered Rent a Friend. But then I discovered GirlCrew and my whole life changed.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have anxiety and find socialising really hard at times. I even hid in a bathroom recently having a panic attack but that’s another story altogether. The point is, having joined GirlCrew, not only did I make friendships, I found a community.

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I found a community of like minded people who understood me, who had similar interests. And genuinely wanted to meet up and go to things. Not because I was paying them, but because they were either in a similar situation as myself or just wanted to make new friends. They wanted to get out of their comfort zone and meet new people.

And as for the part where Rent a Friend says “Rent a friend to teach you a new skill or hobby, or to show you around an unfamiliar town”GirlCrew is a much better resource for this. In the multiple city groups and topic groups on the app, people have recommended so many things to do and see. For example what hairdressers to go to or where is good for something to eat . A group of girls had arranged a holiday to Morocco. And the first time they all met was in the airport! 

There’s no way you can get the same experience or sense of community by ‘renting a friend’. Friendship is for everyone, it’s real and not something you can buy. And to be honest, I’d rather spend my hard earned €40 on a nice brunch or a weekend away, something I can organise with some fellow GirlCrewers!

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Ellie Smyth

Community Manager at GirlCrew
Community Manager for GirlCrew Dublin, YouTuber and podcast addict. Follow my Tweets on @xLadySmythx

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