Men With Friends

A collage of male friendships
Ariela Basson/Fatherly; Getty Images, Shutterstock

Male friendship is in crisis. Got your attention? Good. Because if you’re a man, you probably immediately knew there’s truth there. American men who view themselves as having “no close friends” have quintupled over the last 30 years, and only 15% of men consider themselves as having 10 or more close friends (compared to 40% in 1990). There are consequences to this decline. Men with friends are fitter, are happier, live longer, make more money, and are less anxious. Let’s face it: They also have more fun. So what to do? Let’s start with what we’ve got. Let’s celebrate male friendships, look closely at what makes ours tick, and then stop thinking so hard and go grab a beer with a friend — for your own good.

Cool Dads

Chris Gethard Talks With Lonely Dads. Somehow, We All Feel Better Now

ByChris Gethard

The comedian sat down with his wildest friends to talk about their transition to fatherhood. Turns out they’re all less fun than they used to be — and that’s alright with them (sort of).

Well Said

12 Compliments That Men Actually Want To Hear

ByMatt Christensen

Appreciation and validation are big parts of any relationship. Here are the ways in which men would like to hear them expressed.

Buddy Systems

How My Friends And I Stay In Touch Now That We're All Dads

ByMatt Christensen

Fantasy leagues. Goldeneye tournaments. Recipe groups. This is what helps these men stay connected amidst the chaos of parenting.

See Ya Later

How To Accept That A Friendship Is Over

BySteve Calechman

Friendships end, especially when you become busy with kids. But it's still hard to let them go.


Why It’s So Hard For Married Men To Have Female Friends

ByVirginia Pelley

Fear of sexual tension and relationships make male-female friendships a hard sell for married men.


How to Become Closer Friends With Someone

BySteve Calechman

Want to turn those casual dad friends into something more? Great. This is what it'll take.

Tough Decisions

8 Signs It’s Time to Break Up With a Parent Friend

ByAshley Abramson

Your kids might get along and that's something to cherish. But if you find yourself nodding along with any of the points listed below, it might be time to call it quits.


What I Wish I Knew About Friendships When I Was Younger, According to 12 Men

ByMatt Christensen

“Your friends update and change based on the season you're in."


11 Expert Tips For Men Who Want Better Friendships

ByAdam Bulger

It's not easy. But it is necessary — for you and your family. And this advice can help you succeed.


How To Keep Your Friendships Alive After Becoming A Dad

BySteve Calechman

About to have your first kid? Your friendships are in jeopardy. This is how to make sure they don't all slip away.


The Unmistakable Impact Of Having A Few Good Dad Friends

BySteve Calechman

They're difficult to find and even more difficult to maintain. But friendships are an essential part of being a well-rounded person.