Study: As adults, friends are harder to find

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NEW YORK — When it comes to making friends, kids have it made.

The playground, birthday parties and school — so many options to interact with others their age.

As an adult, new friends can be harder to find.

New York City FOX affiliate WNYW spoke to Dr. Nava Silton, assistant professor of psychology at Marymount-Manhattan, about the three variables that determine whether or not adults make friends.

“Proximity, similiarity and intimacy,” Silton said.

Other studies suggest adults also need spontaneity.

Silton said it’s rare that adults find themselves in situations conducive to all four of those variables.

Experts say you increase your chance of making friends by repeating patterns. Visit the same bar or coffee shop. Go out with co-workers. Those are behavior that can place you and a stranger out of your comfort zones and create shared experiences that can help new friendships form.

We’re talking about it in this morning’s Plugged In. Do you agree that’s it’s more difficult to make friends as an adult? Are more of your friends from your childhood? Share your comments in the below Facebook post. Todd Meany might read them on-air from 6:30 – 9 a.m.

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