I had no idea why, so I started doing some research. I found that 15 years ago a quarter of Americans lacked a close friend and we were only headed for further disconnection. Actually, as many as half of us today could lack a true friend.
When I first discovered all this, and realized that the surgeon general wasn’t being metaphorical when he called the situation a “loneliness epidemic”, I did a double-take.
In the era of Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram… when I can reach anyone on the planet in the amount of time it takes me to reach down to my pocket, we’re lonelier than ever?
What I discovered was that every measure of social connectedness, the entire fabric, seems to be on the decline: The closeness of our friend circles has been declining over the last 50 years.