I have *never* had many friends. Usually only one or two at a time. I was okay with that.
Nowadays it's pretty much just me and my husband.
But I do *wish* I had local friends... or even jsut one or two :-)
But it seems like it takes *way* too much energy.
I went to a coffee-group meeting for other moms of 3 year olds recently. I felt *so* out of place. Like a Martian, or something.
I did meet one other mom there who I clicked with, and she felt the same.
Come to find out, we both have special needs kids, and both were raised by abusive moms. So we were happy to find one another, and it looked like a promising start to a good friendship, but now she's *moving*!
I also have Asperger's syndrome, so a lot of times I just find it a lot easier to keep in touch with people online. I don't get all confused by the face-to-face interaction, and can concentrate more on the actual communication.
It helps, but it's not like having a friend you can actually hang out with.