9% of Us Lack Close Friends
UK study's results about right for the US, too: expert
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 24, 2014 7:37 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Having no close buddies might sound lonely, but it's not so rare—at least not according to a British study that finds that almost one in 10 people lack close friends. In other words, about 4.7 million Britons don't have BFFs, the Guardian notes; that's a "significant minority," a researcher says. The study was based on 5,778 people over the age of 16 in the UK. Does the same friendship figure apply in the US? An expert tells Today it's "a fairly safe bet." But a lot of people, he notes, see their spouses as their best friends.

And spending a lot of time focused on one's partner can limit one's outside friendships, Geoffrey Greif adds. "Every couple has the same struggle: How much time do I spend by myself as an individual? How much time do I spend with my partner?" he notes. "How do we balance these issues around time? It’s usually the couple's friendships that go." The study also found that four in five people report a good romantic relationship, but one in four feels sexually dissatisfied, the Guardian notes. Well, there's always chocolate.

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Aug 26, 2014 1:59 PM CDT
What's this friend thing they are talking about?
Aug 25, 2014 6:02 PM CDT
I'm surprised it isn't much more because most people suck.
Aug 25, 2014 7:07 AM CDT
Of the 91% of people who responded they do have close fiends, I'm wondering how many of those "close friends" are actually acquaintances. I've found over the years that the definition of friends is very subjective....ie Facebook friends