I can say that I never had many JW friends. Being raised a JW, I was always what many considered the rebel. And those corny JW gatherings that were monitored (is the person spiritual strong, don't invite too many, is the music wholesome, etc), was too hard for me to attend and I was not invited too many either. Then as an adult, I was still considered an outsider, because I was married to a WORLDLY man. So my JW friends consisted of mostly the elderly, the wife of the disfellowshipped husband, the single mother with tons of kids (who were all bad as you know what). But as Prisca stated my social skills with so-called worldly people were not that great (I looked at them as a little less worthy of my friendship).
But now that I'm totally inactive, I can say my base of friends have widened so greatly. I have met most of my friends through my children (who I'm reliving my childhood through). And anything I think I want to learn, know, or do (painting, knitting, Taw Kwon Do, etc), I find out where the class is being taught and sign right up. So I have met friends from different classes I have taken.
But the TRUTH of the matter, I see that friends (or at least associates) are everywhere I go, just last night I met a nice lady at my sons basketball game. We exchanged numbers and plan on having lunch together tommorow. Anyway if you want to meet friends, just be honest and tell them about your background of being a JW, and that you are looking for someone to help you fit into the REAL world and you will have to turn down many of the social intivations. (I've been invited to 6 Super Bowl parties)
I know I'm rambling, but I love this topic. My life outside of the Borg, has been so wonderful and busy (but I LOVE this activity). And even in the beginning of my journey of being freed, when I didn't have many friends, I enjoyed the freedom of being with myself and also learning about my WORLDly husband and my kids (JW don't have to time to REALLY know their families).
Well that's all I got to say about that.
Happy to be Free (Me)