Friendship in Single Life and in All of Our Lives

In writing about single life, one topic that comes up especially often is friendship. Below are links to some of my blog posts on (1) the importance of friendship; (2) whether single people get ditched when their friends marry; (3) making friends; (4) breaking up with friends; (5) how friendship is erased and distorted; and (6) other friendship themes.

I have also published a collection of my academic papers on friendship. It is called Friendsight: What Friends Know that Others Don’t.

(1)  Importance of friendship

Why friendship is the key relationship of the 21st century

The new science of friendship

5 ways friends make us better and stronger

Success depends more on friendship skills than romantic ones

What friends know that others don’t

Step away from that spouse! Another take on the value of friends

Your significant other can no longer be boxed in

What matters is whether you matter to others

The meaning of ‘relationship’: Notes from a party

(2)  Do single people get ditched when their friends marry?

Do married people neglect their friends because they are so busy with their kids?

Slighting friends and family: Do couples become less couple-y over time

Gain a romantic partner, lose 2 friends?

Singles or couples: Who has more confidants? More diverse confidants?

Is it OK to have a couples-only club?

Dating, moving in, and losing contact with friends?

(3)   Making friends

How do you make friends when you are single?

Magical friendship-making moments

Finding a friend: The social psychological detective leads the way

Friendship doctor shares top tips for making friends

Can you make friends online?

Can you ride-share your way to friendship?

Not lonely by design

Now we know whether Facebook is making us lonely

Are the early years of single life the hardest? Approaching age 30

What’s really difficult about turning 30: It’s harder to make friends

Do you have fewer friends since turning 30? Look who else does, too

Did you choose to have fewer friends?

(4)   Breaking up with friends

Breaking up with friends: Can you empathize?

Was your break-up treated dismissively?

(5)   How friendship is erased, devalued, and distorted

Deleting a friend to spotlight a spouse

What’s wrong with this effusive account of a great experience?

Sex and the City: The magic show

Did you recognize your friendship in ‘This Emotional Life’?

What’s not to like about a rave review? Missing the point of friendship and single life

What are friends for? Views from single and married life

The real mystery: Why don’t friendships get what they deserve?

(6)   Other friendship themes

Do you have a council of friends?

In Japan, can marriage be a hobby and friendship for real?

Reunited love – and I don’t mean the romantic kind!

Falling in and out of friendship

Friends and lovers: Is there a ‘knew it all along’ effect?

First friends

Men and women as friends – when one is gay or lesbian

Extraversion and the single person

“Friendship in the time of love”

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