There is a lot to unpack here, and I have reread a few times. Do you think that being in the military and part of a church has allowed the opportunity for you to better understand what it means to have close friends? Do you think Smartphones impact teens having a chance to make friends the way we did in high school/college, or are you pondering that there is just a new normal for the definition of friends in the teen world?

There are a lot of transplants in the engineering firm I manage, and a lot of people in my brother's tech world who were never in the military and don't go to a spiritual center. It does seem that unless they have some type of sporting or gaming community, or a bar they frequent (which brings its own set of issues), the young people, and older people with no previous ties to the area, have a harder time making friends.

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