“A slim majority of adults surveyed (53%) said they have between one and four close friends. 38% said they had about five or more. About 8% said they had no close friends. That adds up with what some experts are describing as an epidemic of loneliness for some Americans.” (I’m pretty sure I have more close friends than the average, but I’m counting readers.) NPR: How many friends do Americans have? A survey crunched the numbers.