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How the pandemic is changing male friendships | Boing Boing

Men are notoriously bad at maintaining friendships as they get older — a issue that likely stems from the toxic masculine behaviors we learn to internalize in our youth. Few of us are immune to it, either; I used to think I was an exception to the rule, but when I moved to a new city in my 30s, even I struggled to re-establish new bonds like the ones I’d built over time.But as our pandemic lives continue, the forced isolation might be changing our habits of voluntary self-isolation. From The Washington Post:

Male friendships are often rooted in “shoulder-to-shoulder” interactions, such as watching a football game or playing video games, while women’s interactions are more face-to-face, such as grabbing a coffee or getting together for a glass of wine, said Geoffrey Greif, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work who wrote a book about male ……

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