This is a continuation of the CAFE Happiness survey. ( Other posts in this series can be found either by clicking on “CAFE Project” in the Tag Cloud or by clicking on “GrumbleSmiles Trust” in the Topics list)
Two thirds of this group have regular contact with friends on a daily or at least weekly basis. A third only see friends monthly or less which is in sharp contrast in the work environment where you see colleagues regularly.
Even amongst this relatively engaged group of older people, most would like to see more of their friends. Social contact amongst the younger generation is maintained much more by the use of technology – texting, emailing, Facebook and Skype in particular.Most people in the group certainly feel they have enough self-confidence to make friends easily. That was evident within the group where most people did not know each other when they arrived but rapidly engaged in conversation. That said there had to be an event to stimulate the sense of common interest and discussion.
FOOTNOTE: It seems evident that the use of technology is a key element in reducing social isolation but at the same time there still needs to be opportunities for face to face meetings to open the friendship door.