It's not that American's don't know how to make friends, it's that apparently we are busier than the rest of the world!
I have tons of acquaintances, and even more friends....however, my truest friends revolve around family and church.
I don't hang out with work chums, although I would help them move, etc....if they needed it.
The thing is that there are only 24/day....and so much needs to be done. Friends require not only effort, but, time.
I have home responsibilities that take priority over hanging out with friends, going to the movies, lunch, picnics, whatever.
However, if someone needs my help, I will be there. I simply cannot hold their hand 24/7, talk on the phone for hours, go shopping for the perfect dress, gossip about celebrities, etc. There's no time for things like that. That's what our teenage years were for.
This Forum serves to fill that void for me!