American menâ€™s hidden crisis: They need more friends! - Salon.com
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Of all people in America, adult, white, heterosexual men have theÂ fewest friends. Moreover, the friendships they have, if theyâ€™re with other men, provide less emotional support and involve lower levels of self-disclosure and trust thanÂ otherÂ types ofÂ friendships. When men get together, theyâ€™re more likely to do stuff than have a conversation. Friendship scholar Geoffrey GreifÂ callsÂ these â€śshoulder-to-shoulderâ€ť friendships, contrasting them to the â€śface-to-faceâ€ť friendships that many women enjoy. If a man does have a confidant,Â three-quartersÂ of the time itâ€™s a woman, and thereâ€™s a good chance sheâ€™s his wife or girlfriend.