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Why is it so hard for some of us to make friends as adults?

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As a kid on the playground, we’re surrounded by potential friends.

Children of the same age may stay in the same school, run around the same neighborhood and ask their parents to make play-dates.

But in adulthood, people may branch out, move away to college, find a job in a new city, or just have less time to socialize; all of which could hinder finding new friends. Even Tinder-style smartphone apps like Hey! VINA are trying to address the challenges adults face finding people to connect with unromantically.

Larry Mantle speaks with friendship expert, Irene Levine, on today’s show, to discuss the challenges of making friends as an adult and how to overcome them.


Irene Levine, Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine; Author of "Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend" and producer of