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"Interestingly, friendship is one of the most researched subjects on the
Internet. This indicates that millions of people are interested in creating new
friendships and enhancing old ones. Given how important friendship is in our
lives, have you ever noticed how little has been written on the subject?
Compare, for example, the number of books written on how to handle money
to the number of books on how to create and maintain great friends.
Yet in many ways friendship is much more valuable to us than money.
Indeed, our human interactions, particularly those with close friends, provide
most of the joys or disappointments we have in life. It follows that you canâ€™t
experience real success in life unless you have real friends.
Taking into account that passing time with friends provides us with so
much joy and happiness, the question you have to ask yourself is, â€œDo I have
enough close friends?â€�
According to a study reported in the June 2006 issue of
American Sociological Review, American adults, who shocked pollsters in
1985 when they said they had only three close friends, said they had just two
in 2006. Moreover, the number who said that they have no one to discuss
important matters with has doubled to one in four. The study found that men
and women of every race, age, and education level reported fewer intimate
friends than a similar survey indicated in 1985."
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I read this article a while ago and it proves there are a lot of lonely people in America. It's sad but true. If people in America would at least talk to their neighbors that would go a long way in connecting with other people. I read a statistic that said, only 7% of Americans socialize with their neighbors! That's ridiculous! I wonder what the stats are in other countries where people are friendlier. Welcome to the United Lonely States of America!