The poll by Macmillan Cancer Support found that the average young adult has 237 Facebook friends, but only two they could turn to for real support.
The survey, of 1,000 people aged 18 to 35, found two-thirds of respondents said they had two or fewer really close friends.
It also found that one in eight (13%) admitted they did not have even a single person they considered to be a good enough friend to rely on, if life got very hard. Men (16%) were more likely than women (12%) to have no one to turn to.
“While anxiety is defined by uncertainty, human anxiety is greatly amplified by our ability to imagine the future, and our place in it, even a future that is physically impossible. With imagination we can ruminate over that yet to be experienced, possibly impossible scenario. We use this creative capacity to great advantage when we envision how to make our lives better, but we can just as easily put it to work in less productive ways — worrying excessively about the outcome of things. Some concern about outcomes is essential to success in meeting life’s challenges and opportunities. But at some point, most of us probably worry more than we need to. This raises the questions: How much fear and worry is too much? How do we know when we have skipped the line from normal fear and anxiety to a disorder?”—Searching the brain and for the roots of fear and anxiety (via curiositycounts)