- In June 2006, sociologists at Duke University and the University of Arizona, for instance, provided the most recent statistical analysis of the problem. Their report, "Social Isolation in America: Changes in Core Discussion Networks Over Two Decades," announced, among other things, that the number of friends with whom Americans discuss important matters has shrunk as much as 33 percent over a span of nearly 20 years. This problem is particularly acute for young, educated men, who have lost an above-average number of "discussion partners"—down from 3.5 in 1985 to 2.0 in 2004—according to the study. Friendship, the report suggests, has taken a serious dive across the culture, and guys like us in particular are shedding companionship faster than anyone else. (read more)
The GAMBBQC&SG held its first annual party. The significance of this is that for men; if you move away from your college buddies, get married and have kids it is extreemly difficult to make new friends as an adult. I did several searches and there's not much out there on the subject of men and friendships. I did find this article Best Life:
This makes it more important that men have groups like the GAMBBQC&SG to have interaction and develop new friendships and not become isolated. We're fortunate to have someone in our neighborhood that has the skills and personality to take this on and keep the group together.
Thanks for your effort Kenyon.
Oh yeah, how was the party? Eric Campbell provided fantastic BBQ. Music by Chicago Joe Jones was fantastic and the side dishes were great.
The President (Kenyon) to the left of the photo.
The Party Place.
Chicago Joe Jones