If I would survey the teams I play on, I highly doubt anyone would say they are playing to "meet new friends."
If that is your main goal, or even in the top three, you might be better off taking a dancing class or something.
Or just play socially, in mixers or mixed doubles nights or something. But this is not really a typical league tennis attitude.
We have all run into people who take a league match too seriously, but maybe the OP is on the other end of the spectrum.