Making friends in adulthood

Listen 48:13

Guests: Jeffrey Hall, Andrea Bonoir

How many hours does it take to make a BFF?  A new study by Professor JEFFREY HALL found that it takes about 200 hours to make a close friend. For someone to move from an acquaintance to casual friend takes about 50 hours. Still that’s a lot of time—time many people don’t seem to have these days. Making friends as an adult is hard. Work, family, and many other commitments often take priority. Today were talking about making and keeping friends. What does a good friendship look like? Is social media helping or hurting our relationships? And how do our friendships contribute to our health and happiness? Marty talks with Hall, a professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, and ANDREA BONOIR, psychologist and columnist for The Washington Post.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal