An Atlanta Journal Constitution blog entitled MomMania referenced research by Dr. Rebecca G. Adams, professor in the Department of Sociology and Associate Provost for Planning & Assessment, in a blog entry talking about finding friendship later in life. The original article referenced can be found on the New York Times website.

Adams talks about proximity and setting as important vehicles for friendship earlier in life, which makes for change when people move away and get busier.

“As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other,” she stated.

“This is why so many people meet their lifelong friends in college,” Adams added.