Americans said to have fewer close friends compared to 25 years ago

November 9, 2011


Americans Have Fewer Close Friends Compared to 25 Years Ago

By: Shauna Wright

While social media sites may have increased Americans’ overall number of acquaintances, new research slated for publication in a journal called ‘Social Networks’ shows the number of people we claim as close friends is now lower than it was 25 years ago.
Matthew Brashears, from the University of Cornwell, found that on average, participants had about 2 true confidantes — one fewer than we had a quarter-century ago.


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