Friendships Cut Loneliness Feelings Drastically
It should be obvious that being around friends will make people feel less lonely than if they have no one. Yet there is clear proof that points to simply having friends will bring down loneliness drastically. Russia, that 1% lonely population, seemed to prove this pretty well.
Among those studied, 95% of women and 92% of men claimed to have really close friends or associates. This was opposed to the 8% of men and 5% of women who did not. Among that lower 13% of Russians in total, most claimed to feel lonely. Their highest scale of loneliness are people between 35 and 44 years old, while 25-34 is the least lonely. A lot of lonely people will cite a lack of friends or close family members too.
The reasoning for this might simply be due to the person having a lack of social skills. They could very well be socially awkward or highly introverted. However, these same people can still make friends. The issue comes when these people do not attempt or try to make friends, perhaps due to fear of rejection or something similar. However, it should also be mentioned that quality friendships are what should be valued, not toxic or problematic ones.