Approximately half of Americans lost touch with a friend during government-mandated lockdowns and strenuous COVID-19 regulations, a new survey found.
This number paired with the fact that more than one in five of the 2,019 American adults surveyed for the May 2021 American Perspectives Survey said that they “faced significant personal challenges over the last 12 months” shows that many individuals could be lacking the support they needed in one of their most desperate times.
The same number of Americans report that the last year was “much more difficult for them than usual,” and losing friends is just one aspect of that. Nearly half of Americans already say they only have three or fewer close friends so losing touch with at least one of those could severely undermine the amount of emotional support an individual can find in their friend group.
As the report notes, “fewer Americans appear to be relying on friends for personal support than they have