For the anon wanting to meet new people, I had the same thought and trouble a couple of years ago. Being an introvert myself, I had very few real friends (though good ones, I might add) and I felt the need to be in people's lives and learn people's stories. I think the trick for me so far is to learn about the things that people are excited about, both from them and independently. Be in the conversation. It'll make you a fuller person and it makes making that connection easier and more poignant.