The Male Friendship Recession

Male Friendship

Although it definitely resonates with me, I’d never heard of the term ‘male friendship recession‘ until recently. Now I’m seeing it everywhere. And it turns out that it’s been around for at least a couple of years.

I had assumed that my own relative lack of close friends was due to having moved country twice in the last decade. And as I’ve got older, making new friends has just become less easy. Or I’ve put less effort into it. Whatever – the fact is that my circle of male friends that I hang out with has got smaller and smaller over time. But I’m far from alone in this.

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Dele Alli’s Mental Health Struggles

In the mid-2010s English footballer Dele Alli was tipped to be one of the biggest stars of his generation. He was a key player both for his Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur, and in over 30 international caps for England, and he was a two-time PFA Young Player of the Year. Off the field he exemplified the glamorous, high-profile lifestyle of the rich young athlete.

But his career over the last few years has been anything but stellar, and pundits could only speculate on how things had gone so badly wrong. The rot seemed to begin in 2019 when he fell out with his club manager, and he spent an unsuccessful spell at a club in Turkey before returning to the Premier League with Everton.

Now, in an revealing interview with ex-footballer Gary Neville, the 27-year-old Alli has a spoken publicly for the first time about his history of sexual abuse, adoption, drug addiction and, more recently, recovery.

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I Asked ChatGPT – Why Join a Men’s Group?


Curious to finally see what all the fuss is about with AI and it’s most currently most newsworthy representation, I decided to ask ChatGPT a simple question. Here’s what it produced in just a few seconds.

Q: Explain why should I join a men’s group?

Joining a men’s group can provide a range of benefits for personal growth, support, and community. Here are some reasons why you might consider joining a men’s group:

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Men’s Groups

Remarkable Men's Groups

I’ve been in a men’s group since November 2018, meeting with seven (recently it became eight) other guys and the facilitator every other week, and it has literally changed my life because it’s opened me up to a whole other world of possibilities. It set me on a journey to finally, in my mid-to-late 50s, figure out and get in touch with who I am.

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