As a young adult, it often feels like you don’t even have to think about how to make friends. You’ve got college classes full of peers, a seemingly never-ending social calendar, and you never find it difficult to strike up a conversation with a stranger in a bar.
Fast forward a few decades
, however, and things aren’t quite so simple. “It’s more of a challenge to make friends as an adult because this group of people is often in the prime of their lives building their career and families,” says life coach Dr. Jaime Kulaga
, PhD, LMCH. “Adults work around children’s schools and sports schedules, plus have their own work schedules, and some adults take on caregiver roles for their parents. Managing the day-to-day family unit is tough enough, let alone trying to find time to squeeze in a social life
Evidently, making (and keeping) friends as an adult has also gotten harder. According to researchers at Duke University and the University of Arizona
, American adults reported having approximately one less friend in 2004 than the same demographic had just two decades earlier. Worse yet, the results of a Gallup poll
revealed that 16 percent of American adults have just one or two friends—and a shocking two percent admit to having none at all.
Fortunately, just because you’re witnessing your social circle getting smaller doesn’t mean that friendlessness is in your future. This is how to make friends after 50.