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Coping with the gap where friends used to be – HotAir

Coping with the gap where friends used to be – HotAir

A recent study, conducted by the American Enterprise Institute, suggests that the proportion of people who can name six close friends has dropped from 55% to 27% since the 1990s, while people who have no close friends at all had risen from 3% to 12%.One in five single men say they do not have any close friends, while only 59% of Americans have what they would describe as a best friend.1 Pepper the robot discontinued after being repeatedly fired from jobs 2 Pornography is a spiritual disaster but Sunday sermons aren’t getting at the problem 3 DeSantis joined Abbott at the border for a security briefing, fleebagger responds 4 The constant Democratic existential crises 5 Welcome back, Carter 6 The Atlanta police exodus continues apace 7 It's time to increase the size of the House of RepresentativesSome of this is undoubtedly the effects of the pandemic, which caused a global increase in loneliness because people were confined to their homes, no longer able to gather in offices, pubs, sportsgrounds or nightclubs.

But long before lockdown, it seems that people were struggling with friendship, especially the young.A YouGov study carried out in 2019 suggested that 9 in 10 people between the age of 18-24 suffered from loneliness to some degree, and nearly half had difficulty making friends.

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