These relationships can be fulfilling in their own right, but what if you want to turn a casual acquaintance into a true friend? True friends know things about each other: their values, struggles, goals, and interests.
If you’d like to transition from acquaintances to friends, open up to the other person.
If you are introverted or shy, it can feel uncomfortable to put yourself out there socially.
But you don't have to be naturally outgoing or the life of the party to make new friends. The key to connecting to other people is showing interest in them.
We tend to make friends with people we cross paths with regularly: people we go to school with, work with, or live close to.