Originally posted on Interpreting the Cosmos:
Warning: Spicy words ahead. Read only when feeling ready for a friendly little uppercut from your old pal Justin.
In my twenty-first century American context, it seems to me true bonds of friendship are more and more easily dissolved. Oh sure, everyone has friends, as in 814 acquaintances on Facebook, 1,298 followers on Twitter, a few pals for going out to the movies or a bar on the weekend… but how many of those people can you call and trust they will really listen to you when you need them?
One study published at least 3 years ago shows 25% of Americans are lonely, or rather they have no one they can truly trust and lean on in times of need. How could this be so in an age of hyper-connectivity?
I know in my personal experience there are many who act as friends in many circumstances, but…
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