On Making Friends as an Adult

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So frequently I hear in my office and among my peers: why is it so difficult to make friends as an adult?

Sociology professor Rebecca G. Adams suggests that there are three conditions which foster friendship: “proximity, repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other.” Sounds like high school and college!

But what about after the college days are over? It becomes much more difficult, almost like dating. And if you’re married, you are not only looking for a friend for you, but for your spouse as well.

Alex Williams’ article for the New York Times is well written. And, judging by the comments left by readers, many adults can relate to this social complexity.



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