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%.
A KGB agent and a CIA agent became friends while trying to recruit each other; they knew the other was a spy and just didn’t talk about it.
The founders of Samsung and LG, Lee and Koo, were close friends since elementary school. In 1968, Lee met Koo and told him that Samsung was planning to enter electronics, which meant becoming LG’s direct competitor. Angered, Koo yelled at him and left. Afterwards, the two were never close again.
A study in 2019 found the average American hasn’t made a new friend in five years, and 45 percent of adults say they find it difficult to make friends in general.
A study from Harvard University finds that having no friends can be just as deadly as smoking. Both affect levels of a blood-clotting protein.
Men walk significantly slower when walking with a woman, but only when that woman is their romantic partner. If she’s a friend or acquaintance they go at almost full speed.
A recent study out of the University of Kansas found that it takes about 50 hours of socializing to go from acquaintance to casual friend, an additional 40 hours to become a “real” friend, and a total of 200 hours to become a close friend.
There is a service that allows you to “Rent a Friend” to attend social events, play sports, travel, or just hang out.
A man searching for his father ended up finding out that his best friend since grade school was actually his brother. The men are 15 months apart in age and have known each other for decades.
A 45 year old Bosnian man named Amir Vehabovic faked his death back in 2007 because he wanted to see who would attend his funeral. Only his mother attended. After this debacle, he wrote dozens of angry letters to his so-called friends and what he thought of their friendship going forward.