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From Salon.com: “Of all people in America, adult, white, heterosexual men have the fewest friends....

“Of all people in America, adult, white, heterosexual men have the fewest friends. To be close friends, men need to be willing to confess their insecurities, be kind to others, have empathy, and sometimes sacrifice their own self-interest. ‘Real men,’ though, are not supposed to do these things. They are supposed to be self-interested, competitive, non-emotional, strong (with no insecurities at all), and able to deal with their emotional problems without help. Being a good friend, then, as well as needing a good friend, is the equivalent of being girly. [But] people with friends are healthier. Friendship is strongly correlated with a more joyful life. Guys, it’s time. Man up and make some friends.”

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