"Twenty-nine percent of Americans say they have a close relative that they didn’t speak to at all in 2018," Rasmussen told Circa. "That’s more than one out of four people, so it’s not exactly a rare phenomenon.
"About half of those people said we really just sort of drifted apart, but the other half said it was a conscious decision. About 5 percent of all Americans, one out of 20, have a family member, a close relative that they expect never to speak to again."
While one reason for not contacting family members is a conscious excommunication, for many Americans, not talking to family is simply due to growing up.
"As you might suspect, older people are more likely to experience that than younger," Rasmussen said. "Probably has to do with the fact that you grow up, you have different lives and different families, and different careers and move to different parts of the country, so over time these things just happen.
"But that 5 percent, that one out of 20 people, are saying nope, there’s someone in my family, I’m not going to speak to them again, it’s just we are done for life and half of those people say we’re the ones who made the decision."
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