No, I kid you not, CCP Games actually did a guide on how to find friends in EVE Online, but as ridiculous it might sound they are hitting the nail here regarding long term player stability on the game. The first thing you should do after logging into EVE for the first time is finding a good, welcoming non-NPC corporation. EVE Online is not a solo game, nor has it never intended to be. Much has been said about EVE P player’s harsh nature compared to other MMO’s; the truth is that the vast majority are willing to lend out a hand (and a few million isk) if it means helping a fellow new player move ahead.
Check out this video and discover the benefits of finding friends in EVE Online through the chat and messaging functions, EVE forums and local or global player gatherings. You can even band together with other players in EVE and form corporations where you can enrich your experience, learn new elements of gameplay, and share your wealth and goals.