Friendship is defined as the state of being friends, a relationship between friends, or a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. The word friendship describes a relationship in which two or more people are invested in one another’s well-being. Friendships are a source of support and provide numerous benefits for all people, regardless of their age and regardless of development or intellectual functioning. This entry describes the importance of social skills necessary for friendship as well as the benefits of friendship throughout the lifespan. In addition, this entry explores the negative effects of unhealthy friendships and difficulty forming social relationships. Finally, the influence of social media on the development and maintenance of friendships is discussed.

Human beings learn early on that life is ...

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