How to Make Friends, According to Science

The Atlantic (09/15/2018)
  • Despite our vast networks, research shows the average American only trusts 10-20 people.
  • Studies have found that it takes 50 hours of socializing to go from acquaintance to to casual friend, an additional 40 hours to become a “real” friend, and 200 total hours to become a close friend.
  • Revising old relationships is the fastest way to establish close friendships.
  • In the meantime, interacting with humble acquaintances still meaningfully improves our well-being.