Summary of Friendfluence
From the book FRIENDFLUENCE by Carlin Flora. Copyright © 2013 by Carlin Flora. Used by arrangement with Anchor, a division of Random House, LLC.
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Friends can improve your health or motivate you to quit smoking or lose weight. A lack of friends can lead to isolation, unhappiness and poor health. In modern society, where many people delay or avoid marriage, having friends can fill that relationship void. You may be happiest and less stressed with your friends because you expect less from them than from your mate or your family. Former Psychology Today writer and editor Carlin Flora discusses different aspects of friendship, including the powerful sway of “friendfluence,” in this meticulously researched report. Weaving personal stories with social-science research, Flora discusses how children and adolescents make friends, what benefits and disadvantages friendship brings, how the Internet affects friendship, and more. Her book is fairly comprehensive, though Flora doesn’t write in depth about workplace friendship; perhaps that’s fertile ground for her next book. getAbstract recommends her insights to people seeking to better understand or appreciate their friendships.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why making and keeping friends matters,
- How people of all ages make friends,
- How friends affect you, and
- Whether virtual friendships are good or bad.
About the Author
Carlin Flora worked for eight years as a writer and editor at Psychology Today.