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Buying tickets to an exhibition, film or West End show always makes me nervous. I was feeling hopeful, so I opted for two tickets this time. I asked around the office, slipped it into conversation with neighbours and even asked fellow dog-walkers at my local park. Yet, the day came around and, as usual, I was left with a spare.
I am not a recluse, a weirdo, or elderly. In fact, I am a year-old married man and have two grown-up children, Jack, 23, and Jemma, Not one. Colleagues are ten-a-penny — I have 40, connections on the professional networking website LinkedIn. Cookery courses for small groups of older men, run by chef Robin Van Creveld. Contact him via communitychef. Aimed at the overs, the five- or six-a-side football games specifically outlaw any running, making the sport accessible to those with compromised mobility.
Ever fancied parachuting or cycling miles with a group for a good cause? Global organisation Round Table helps you do just that. I speak to acquaintances every day at work about spreheets, s and targets in my job as CEO of a recruitment business. But when the clock hits 5pm on a Friday and the twentysomethings disappear off to the pub, I — their boss — slink off home alone.
My wife spends weekends working away and my children have long moved out. I take the dogs for a walk and go to the gym, maybe tidy up the garden — all solitary activities. Come Sunday night, I am miserable as sin and sick to death of the sound of my own thoughts. What I would give to call up a mate to ask if he fancied a pie and a pint. One in five of us has no close friends — twice as many as the percentage for women, according to a September YouGov poll. Charity Age UK says the problem has got considerably worse in the past decade, with 50 per cent more men admitting to feelings of loneliness.
But even more concerning is the potential impact on our health. A lack of close relationships perhaps explains the shocking rate of male suicide in Britain. Middle-aged men are three times more likely to kill themselves than are women of the same age.
One recent Danish study found that lonely men are twice as likely to die from a heart attack within a year than non-lonely equivalents. Meanwhile, our wives are protected by gaggles of close-knit pals with whom they share their inner-most secrets. So what is it about us men that makes us such loners? What I would give to call up a mate to ask if he fancied a pie and a pint stock image. But at the heart of it lay a much deeper problem. We men find the prospect of making friends quite, well, scary.
The thought of going alone to my local pub, filled with families and groups of tipsy thirtysomethings, makes me feel sick with fear. But this feels different. Last month I tried a different approach — I ed a local meet-up group for people looking to make friends, and arranged to meet a man of my age for a drink. Can I mention feeling lonely? How honest is too honest?
In the end, we chatted about the weather for 20 minutes, then went our separate ways. Neither of us wanted to go any deeper, for fear of compromising our manliness. His words strike a chord. In fact, it might stop me feeling so miserable.
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Loneliness: the hidden, unspoken issue affecting middle-aged men