- Neil Greco
- Minneapolis, MN
- United States
Men are More Socially Isolated than Women.
As a man, a father of 4 boys I have many roles. None of them place a high importance on social interactions, especially with other men. If I provide for my family, etc. I am "ok." No one worries if I don't get out enough with the boys. However, in the case of my wife, it's quite different. She had always been a part of "Mothers of Preschoolers." She has Women's groups available. Groups that often include social gatherings, fellowship and just time to unwind and de-compress with other mothers/women. There is a significant lack of social resources for men. Places we can go to meet and talk with other fathers and men in general. Our church has one. However, it's an am coffee chat that is reminiscant of the 1950s model where emotion and angst and joy are pretty much forbidden.
My question is? Do you think men are more socially isolated and does that impact our overall health and happiness? If so, what is a solution? If not, where are the opportunities for men to find social gatheriings... besides pool halls or a softball field?