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Well, it turns out, Americans' lists of the close type has shrunk to two, down from three confidantes 25 years ago, a new study suggests. The study also found that the number of us who have zero confidantes, or the socially isolated, has not increased over these decades, as scientists had suspected based on a study showing a near tripling of Americans' social isolation between and Although this shrinking social network "makes us potentially more vulnerable," said Matthew Brashears, assistant professor of sociology at Cornell University, "we're not as socially isolated as scholars Friends or more 18 feared.
Brashears surveyed more Friends or more 18 2, adults ages 18 and older from the nationally representative Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences Woman wants casual sex Damascus Ohio program.
The Internet surveys were conducted between April 23 and May 5, Participants Friends or more 18 asked to list the names of people they had discussed "important matters" with over the previous six months. If respondents said "none," they asked whether this was because they didn't have any important matters to discuss or no one with whom to discuss them in the past six months.Woman Seeking Casual Sex Center Ridge
About 48 percent of participants listed one name, 18 percent listed two, and roughly 29 percent listed more than two names for these close friends. On average, participants had 2.
And just over 4 percent of participants didn't list any names. When Brashears looked closer at that number of socially isolated individuals, he found that 64 percent indicated that this was because they had Friends or more 18 topic to discuss, while FFriends about 36 percent had no one to talk to.
Turns out, female Friends or more 18 and those who were educated were the least likely to report no names on their confidante list.
In fact, research 118 University of Toronto sociologist Barry Wellman has shown we can be close to and rely on a number of people with whom we don't discuss important matters.
Brashears asked participants about a randomly selected friend they had listed, including the types of support that person could provide. Answers included: Previously she was an assistant editor at Scholastic's Science World magazine.Hot Lady Wants Sex Fayetteville
Jeanna has an English degree from Salisbury University, a Master's degree in biogeochemistry and environmental Friends or more 18 from the University of Maryland, and a science journalism degree from New York University. The number of friends we confide in has shrunk over the past decades, new research shows.
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