American men suffer 'friendship recession' with 15% not having ONE close friend

American men suffer 'friendship recession' with 15% not having ONE close friend
American men suffer 'friendship recession' with 15% not having ONE close friend
American men suffer 'friendship recession' with 15% not having ONE close friend - and the number with at least six plummeting from 55% to just 27% Singletons fare the worse, with one in six reporting not having any close friends Possible reasons for friendship decline include more mobility and longer hours Findings came from the American Perspectives Survey, conducted in May 2021  

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American men are experiencing a friendship recession, with nearly one in six not having one close friend, a new poll has found.

The proportion saying they have at least six close friends has plunged by half since 1990 from 55% to 27%, while the number without any at all is up five-fold from 3% to 15%, according to the American Perspectives Survey.

Singletons fare the worse, with one in five reporting not having any close friends. The lack of fellowship unsurprisingly has psychological impacts, with more than half of people with three or fewer close friends saying they felt lonely in the last week. 

Nearly one in five American men do not have a close friend, a disturbing new poll has found

Nearly one in five American men do not have a close friend, a disturbing new poll has found

The proportion of American men saying they have at least six close friends has plunged by half since 1990 from 55% to 27%

The proportion of American men saying they have at least six close friends has plunged by half since 1990 from 55% to 27%

Across both sexes Americans report having fewer close friends in 2021 than in the same survey in 1990

Across both sexes Americans report having fewer close friends in 2021 than in the same survey in 1990 

The May 2021 poll also suggests men find it harder than women to develop strong emotional bonds with their existing friends.

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