Friendship that Fortifies
The percentage of men with at least six close friends fell by half since 1990, from 55 percent to 27 percent. The study also found the percentage of men without any close friends jumped from 3 percent to 15 percent, a fivefold increase. . . Both men and women benefit from developing strong emotional bonds with their friends, but women are more successful in establishing these types of relationships. – The Survey Center on American Life (2021)
Men in America are on an increasing curve towards isolation and loneliness, which has only been exacerbated during COVID. The men of F3 are not immune to this phenomenon. Posting together, swapping stories at coffeeteria and participating in the Blue Ridge Relay, GoRuck challenges and other team-oriented events undoubtedly produce strong bonds among us. However, many pax still feel disconnected once they leave the Gloom, longing for deeper relationships with their brothers. Perhaps this describes you.
If so, you are invited to join Friar Tuck, Mr. Hand and Fazio for “Uncommon Bonds”, where we will explore some root causes of this loneliness epidemic, potential antidotes and practical next steps that can help men change course and move towards more genuine male friendships.
WHAT: Uncommon Bonds: Friendship that Fortifies
WHO: F3 Raleigh pax only (due to limited capacity)
WHEN: Saturday, February 19, 9 AM - Noon
WHERE: Alfred Williams & Company, 410 S. Salisbury Street, Suite 200 (some parking available at the Gale Street entrance)
Space is limited to 50 pax. Breakfast food and coffee will be provided. If you are a hard commit, please sign up HERE as soon as possible to reserve your spot. If you are not a hard commit, then please do not take a spot from someone who is. The sign up includes a stand-by list for soft commits, which will serve as a waiting list if we reach capacity. Hope to see you on the 19th.