I want to gain new hobbies that will help me make friends. Problem - I don't really like sports, games, nature, crafty things, or creative things. What else am I not thinking of?!
There are a lot of questions on AskMeFi about getting friends, and usually one of the most common answers is through hobbies. Here's the problem - I don't really like a lot of things! Sure, I love reading and watching movies (who doesn't?), but I don't consider myself a particular expert, and they're not really group activities (I've thought about book clubs, but have trouble finding ones in my area).
Here are some potential answers I've considered and sort of rejected:
I really dislike most sports (don't talk to me about running!), and am vaguely indifferent towards a lot of board games/video games. (oh, how I identified with this article!
ACTIVE OUTDOORS STUFF
The only time I like being outside is if it's perfect weather and the place has highly, highly concentrated natural beauty. Otherwise, I'm just not a big fan! I am not moved by nor interested in fuzzy animals (except cats, to which I'm tragically allergic) or other kinds of flora/fauna.
WRITING/OTHER CREATIVE STUFF
Although I love reading, I don't write myself. And I've thought about taking up some kind of crafty hobby, but again, don't have a lot of intrinsic interest, and second, dislike the idea of accumulating a lot of "stuff" or knickknacks... I live in a pretty small apartment!
Noooope. I was involved with atheist/humanist stuff in college, but I'm not nearly the ardent proselytizer I once was. I still really, really dislike anything with even a whiff of spirituality.
One thing I do enjoy and am good at is cooking, and there are certainly local dining clubs (though meetup, for e.g.) which I could join - but that gets expensive pretty quickly. I'm also trying to be a healthier and more restrictive eater, so coming up with creative/amazing/cool stuff to cook is not the best tactic, either. A volunteering hobby I really enjoyed (but had to quit due to geography/time) was reading/recording books for blind people, but that wasn't really a great way to meet people either.
I tried to anticipate a lot of the suggestions people might have, but please let me know if there's stuff I'm not thinking of! My unofficial hobby is finding cool links on the Internet and sending them to people, but I would really like to meet new people in person. I'm also in the Boston area, if anybody knows local stuff.
Note: I have seen this question
but am moreso looking for specific suggestions for me.