The data from the May 2021 American…

The data from the May 2021 American Perspectives Survey indicates a decrease in the significance of friendships in American social life. Americans are reporting having fewer close friends, communicating with them less frequently, and seeking less support from them. Furthermore, the survey found that over 10% of Americans have no close friends and this trend has been on the rise, increasing from 3% in 1991 to 12% in 2021. Additionally, the proportion of Americans with 10 or more close friends has also decreased, falling from 33% to 13%.