Americans Rate Friendship as More Important Than Marriage
- A recent study by the Pew Research Centre indicates that for Americans, friendships are more pivotal to a fulfilling life than marriage.
- The 2023 survey, which included over 5,000 US adults, discovered that a person’s job stands out as the top factor in life satisfaction, with 71% considering it crucial. In contrast, friendship followed closely at 61%. However, aspects like monetary wealth, marriage, and having children were less emphasized, all falling between the 20-30% range.
- These findings underline the value Americans place on job contentment over the actual earnings. Furthermore, while relationships matter, it’s not solely about romantic ties, challenging societal norms that often stress financial success and marital status.
- The pandemic, which heightened feelings of isolation, underscored the immense benefits of friendship and community.