Why are opposite sex friendships virtually nonexistent around here?

I live in a moderately-sized city in the southeastern US, (Pop. 60,000) and I've noticed something odd here. No one my age (19) has good friends of the opposite sex. If you see an opposite sex friendship, they're either "friends with benefits", or one of them is gay. I've noticed my male... show more I live in a moderately-sized city in the southeastern US, (Pop. 60,000) and I've noticed something odd here. No one my age (19) has good friends of the opposite sex. If you see an opposite sex friendship, they're either "friends with benefits", or one of them is gay.

I've noticed my male friends are cool with hanging out, but when I bring up the idea female friend, the first thing they always say is "Why?"

Why is making friends with women so much more difficult?
Can someone explain this to me?
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