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We live in a very lonely world.
As his UCLA football team suffered through a poor season in the early 1970s, head coach Pepper Rodgers came under intense criticism and pressure from alumni and fans. Things got so bad that friends became hard to find.
“My dog was my only true friend,” Rodgers says of that year.
“I told my wife that every man needs at least two good friends—and she bought me another dog.”
It’s not just unpopular coaches, we all live in a world that keeps getting lonelier.
A survey of over 40,000 Americans found that 67% experienced loneliness.
A nationwide crisis intervention network, received over 18,000 calls in six months of people experiencing intense loneliness.
Technology is supposed to help, but it often pushes people further away. It seems like we spend more time on Facebook and less time in real face to face friendships.
Why do we need friends?