One in ten say they have no close friends

One in ten people in Yorkshire say they have no close friends''''Picture: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos
One in ten people in Yorkshire say they have no close friends''''Picture: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos
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A “SIGNIFICANT minority” say they have no close friends and rarely feel loved, a new study examining relationships has found.

The charity Relate said work pressures placing strain on relationships, family breakdowns and loneliness were some of the key reasons people in Leeds got in touch with them for help.

Today it released “concerning statistics” revealing that one in ten people in Yorkshire don’t have a single close friend, and 18 per cent, said they never or rarely felt loved in the two weeks prior to the study.

The charity said the study, which spoke to 5,000 people across the UK, finds a clear link between personal relationships and wellbeing.

The “incompatible” struggle to achieve a work-life balance was also made clear, with 39 per cent in Yorkshire saying their bosses believe the most productive employees put their work before family. Nationally, 42 per cent of people said they had no friends at work.

Relate said that as the boundaries between home and work have become “increasingly blurred”, with many connected to the office by email out of hours, successful work relationships were “not easy to achieve”.

Former deputy head teacher Katie, 37, of Pudsey, left the profession after work stress put her relationship with her husband under strain.

She said: “When I left my teaching job, I felt like everything I had planned was falling apart. Now I see the change that this has made in my life and how much more I feel able to enjoy my relationships with family and friends, it seems like one of the best things that could have happened.”

Relate Mid-Yorkshire centre service manager Eugene Gallagher said the recession and financial pressures had made people fearful of not committing to work in case they were seen as ”not putting in the effort”.

He said: “An absence of these relationships and someone to support you when you are going through difficult periods will have an impact on a person’s wellbeing.”

The survey also revealed that 26 per cent of people in Yorkshire are dissatisfied with their sex lives, and one in four report to having an affair.

More than a quarter of people in the region have experienced the breakdown of their parents’ relationship.

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