We’ve all been there: whiling away a Friday night on Facebook, desperately wishing we were enjoying ourselves as much as our friends surely are.

Although many of us know that social media can elicit feelings of loneliness, we can’t seem to log off when we feel left out. The lonelier we feel, the more tempted we are to pick our smartphones back up.

What if, instead of fighting that impulse, we were to redirect it to Yubo apps that can get our social life back on track? Surprisingly, a number of entrepreneurs are asking that same question.

To Head Out, Log On

Somewhere around one fifth of American adults say they often or always feel lonely. If you’re among them, don’t default to social media. Give one of the following apps a try:

Tailored to teens, Mappen lets you know where your friends are and what they’re up to. You can share emoji status updates with friends to announce, for example, that you’re making a Taco Bell run or watching Netflix. “You can see when someone is a block away or at one of your favorite places,” Mappen CEO and co-founder Jason Allgood recently told Forbes. “Then, when you’re going somewhere, you can share that and let people connect with you.”

Contrary to recent privacy concerns, you’ll only appear to friends on Mappen once you’ve added one another, and you can stop sharing at any time using the “invisible” feature. Plus, after a night out, you can use Mappen to make sure your friends make it home safely.

If you need another reason to get off Facebook on a Friday night, look no further than Surkus. Surkus pays you cold, hard cash to attend nearby events like concerts, festivals, and product launches. Just upload three photos, hook it to your Facebook account, wait for event invites, and attend those that fit your schedule and interests.

Surkus paid a Mashable contributor $10 to attend a Judah & the Lion concert at Samsung’s New York City event space, for instance, while it gave a Brad’s deals blogger $25 and two glasses of champagne for visiting a Chicago-area nightclub.

If you’re a socially awkward 20-something with nothing particularly interesting to discuss, how do you make friends? Talk about music — or at least listen to it together. That’s the idea behind Tastebuds, a recommendation engine that matches users based on their music preferences and answers to questions like, “If you had a million dollars for a day, what would you do with it?” Although Tastebuds is sometimes considered a dating app, it’s actually for anyone who wants to meet people who share their tastes and discover new tracks along the way.

Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes may not get you out of the house, but it can cure your loneliness. According to a husband-and-wife research team at the University of Chicago, helping others may fend off your own lonely feelings. Sign up as a sighted volunteer to let blind and low-vision people contact you via videocall when they need help seeing something. You’ll be surprised how a simple act of kindness can squash feelings of isolation.

Be My Eyes user Faye, a biomedical engineering student from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has helped others tackle tasks from counting money to picking out clothes. Her favorite call, surprisingly, was helping a user read his bills. On it, he expressed how happy he was to interact with volunteers like Faye during day-to-day tasks.

If you’re in the market for friends but worried about them wanting to be more than friends, check out Patook. On it, you’ll primarily find women in their 20s to 30s, but you’ll also meet plenty of married people and transplants to your city.

Built with a “flirt detection feature” — a natural language processing algorithm — Patook promises to stop suggestive messages in their tracks. Founder Tony Daher boasted to TechCrunch that more than 5 percent of users are banned before their first over-the-line message was delivered. According to Daher, people with “rather unique interests” tend to have good experiences with Patook, which matches rarer interests first.

Apps might not seem like a smart fix for a social media overdose. But social networking doesn’t have to be a detached, do-nothing-all-night sort of experience. Social apps can show you what your friends are up to, invite you out on the town, introduce you to people who jam to the same bands you do, or simply give you the chance to help someone else. Don’t those things sound at least a little more fun than refreshing Twitter a few hundred times?

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