Men Experiencing Friend Shortage

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Men are finding a harder time making friends these days. In fact, the Survey Center on American Life says men are dealing with a friendship recession.

Only about 27 percent of men have at least six close friends. That number is down from 55 percent in 1990.  And the number of men who can’t point to any friends at all is up from three percent to 15 percent.

The report concluded that men are less emotionally connected to their friends as women and traditional norms of masculinity make it harder for men to open up and be vulnerable with their male counterparts.

The report also noted that the workplace made it harder for men to develop friendships because people are working longer hours, changing jobs more and more people are working from home instead of going into the office.