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Why do men struggle to form close friendships? Research shows several key reasons why male friendships can be challenging to develop and maintain.
Busy schedules and lack of time is a major barrier. Men are often focused on careers and families, leaving little time for socializing.
Emotional expression is still seen as weak by some men. Opening up about feelings can be uncomfortable without practice.
Friendships require effort to nurture. Men may find it easier to bond over activities rather than deep conversation.
Toxic masculinity norms discourage vulnerability between men. Some see emotional intimacy as feminine.
Forming friendships as adults is harder without school/team connections. Men rely on work acquaintances rather than pursuing new friends.
Lack of communication skills. Men aren't always taught healthy ways to connect emotionally and share personal lives.
Technology and social media aren't a replacement for real interactions. Online connections don't fulfill the need for human touch.
With effort, male friendships can flourish. Make time, share feelings, do fun activities - friendships are worth nurturing for well-being.