Gee whiz.

Americans are more socially isolated than they were 20 years ago, separated by work, commuting and the single life, Duke University Professor Lynn Smith-Lovin reported on Friday.

Nearly a quarter of people surveyed said they had “zero” close friends with which to share or talk over issues.

What is happening? What are humans for?

More than 50 percent named two or fewer confidants, most often immediate family members.

[story at Reuters]