New research suggest young male friendships have been hit hardest. Source: filadendron/iStock How much do you miss your friends? A lot, I'm willing to bet. The forced lack of in-person social connection that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought has been painful and prolonged. Friends are supposed to be able to be there for each other in a crisis, but this crisis looks and feels different. Coming together in person is exactly what we haven't been able do. The isolation has been difficult for just about everyone. But it looks like it has been harder for some of us than for others. Men, young people and less educated people have experienced more negative effects on their friendships during the pandemic than other groups. For instance, they reported feeling lonelier and less satisfied with their friends. Those feelings in turn made the same people more likely to engage in risky social behavior such as attending large parties. Those results come from a preliminary report on a study led by social psychologists at Arizona State University. It surveyed more than 600 people from multiple countries in both March and August of 2020 and asked them to report on the state of their friendships…. Read full this story
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