The news, compiled by The Hill web portal based on various survey data, including the PEW Research Center, sheds light on the social situation of young men and women in the US population.
It was pointed out that while 63 percent of men aged 18 to 29 were single, this rate was 34 percent for young women in the same age group.
In the news, it was emphasized that there was a historical increase in the rates of “uniqueness” and “unfriendliness” of young people, especially with the COVID-19 epidemic, and there was an alarming contraction in their social circles.
It was underlined that young men were more affected by the shrinking social relations after the epidemic, and while the rate of those who had 6 or more close friends 30 years ago was 55 percent, it decreased to 27 percent in 2021.
University of Akron psychology professor Ronald Levant stated that women can establish emotionally close friendships with each other more easily than men, and said, “They may not be dating men, but they have girlfriends with whom they spend time and receive emotional support.”
Emphasizing that the social disconnection experienced by American young men may be related to the fact that it is reflected in suicide rates 4 times more than women, the news also pointed out that almost all mass shooting attacks are carried out by young men.
Niobe Way, professor of psychology at New York University and founder of the Developing Our Shared Humanity Project, said of the data in the news, “We are in a connection crisis where we are disconnected from ourselves and from each other. And it is getting worse.”