I want to say this is a newer rhythm in adolescent life. Of course, I am still close with many of the friends i made in middle and high school. However, as I think about it, I only have one close friendship still maintained from 5th grade, a couple from 6th-8th, and a few from high school. So, am I an outlier, am I misrembering my teenage years, or is this new social media world contributing to friendship turnover?
This article speaks about research concerning teenage friendships:
Stability is important. With the ever changing social landscape of the teenager – in friendships, media, sports – we must find places for stable expectation and experience. Make your home a place of love and comfort, to provide respite from the crazy world of your teenager. But most importantly, speak and live the gospel to your teenager. Show them there is an unchanging God who loves them enough to have come and die for them. This truth is truly everlasting, stable, and comforting.