Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
No friends? No problem! Researchers at the University of Chicago say you can make them yourself out of everyday household objects.
For evidence, they say, look no further than a crappy Tom Hanks movie:
"In the movie Castaway, Tom Hanks was isolated on an island and found the social desolation to be one of the most daunting challenges with which he had to deal," said Cacioppo, the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology at the University of Chicago.
"He did so, in part, by anthropomorphizing a volleyball, Wilson, who became his friend and confidant while he was on the island." Although fictional, "Castaway depicts a deep truth about the irrepressibly social nature of Homo sapiens," Cacioppo said.