I would think about getting involved in activities in the real world. I got divorced 3 years ago and was very lonely when my kids were away. I started taking dance lessons. I am (or was) very shy and it was difficult for me at first. Now 3 years later I dance more nights than not and have TONS of friends, both men and women. It seems wherever I go, I run into friends. It's really helped me come out of my shell. I even chat with people at the gym now. I've been going there for over 10 years and never used to talk to anyone. Church is also an excellent way to make good friends. I don't hang out with my church friends, but I always enjoy chatting with them once a week. Community service projects are also a fantastic way to meet good quality folks.
Big beautiful world out there bro; get involved.