A study released on this Valentine’s Day week by Nonfiction Research, an independent, Brooklyn-based company, reveals that large numbers of Americans are secretly craving a level of intimacy and connection that they do not have. The confessions of close to 700 people paint a picture of an America whose heartbreaking struggles with shame and self-worth are making intimacy a significant challenge.
The study, titled “Intimacy in America,” depicts a culture where many live in a state of solitary confinement. Using this research, a group of experts designed the “Recipe for Intimacy,” which is incorporated into the study to help those struggling to fill a void and overcome this unspoken epidemic.
“We investigate topics not normally discussed and bring them out into the open,” said Gunny Scarfo, co-founder of Nonfiction Research. “A staggering number of Americans lack intimate relationships, yet no one talks about it. We set out to better understand the problem, its causes, and how to fix it.”
The study, titled “Intimacy in America,” depicts a culture where many live in a state of solitary confinement.
Key findings include that:
- Almost 50% of Americans have experienced deeper intimacy in their dreams than in their real lives;
- Many Americans are experiencing the same cravings as prisoners in solitary confinement – the similarities are shocking;
- Almost 1 in 4 Americans have no one in their life that they feel they can be 100% themselves with;
- Without reliable sources of intimacy, Americans are secretly turning to unexpected sources for comfort.
“The study validates the feelings of loneliness and disconnectedness that so many individuals privately grapple with,” said Anjuli Ayer, CEO of the Institute of OM, which is dedicated to researching and teaching the practice of orgasmic meditation. The Institute of OM commissioned the study, which also includes a section on touch. “Hopefully people will realize that they are not alone and will seek out healthy ways to achieve greater intimacy and live more fulfilling lives.”
The confessions of close to 700 people paint a picture of an America whose heartbreaking struggles with shame and self-worth are making intimacy a significant challenge.
Many Americans fail to form intimate connections because they are ashamed of who they are. While the study exposes this challenge, among others, many Americans have succeeded by opening up and finding the intimacy that they crave. Learn more about the secret story of how Americans chase intimacy in the latest study by Nonfiction Research.
About Nonfiction Research
Nonfiction gleefully violates the norms of traditional research in a crusade to understand the informal, unfiltered lives of customers. To that end, the founders have ventured unchaperoned into a prison, surveyed rap lyrics to chart personal finance trends, and run quantitative studies on the secret sex lives of Americans.