“However vast our networks may be, our inner circle tends to be much smaller. The average American trusts only 10 to 20 people. Moreover, that number may be shrinking: From 1985 to 2004, the average number of confidants that people reported having decreased from three to two.”
Research shows friendships are important to our health and happiness, but unfortunately our number of friends seem to be declining.
But The Atlantic points to studies that offer tips on how to make friends, including to not overlook the value of humble acquaintances, put in the time (it takes at least 200 hours to become a close friend with someone), and not to be afraid to confide in people you don’t know well.