I just came back from vacation with my sister who is in her mid 40s and is an active JW, regular pioneer of many years. While away, during one of our conversations, it bacame clear to me that my sister is lonely and doesn't have a social life. She's too old to be included in the plans of the younger generation and, as she is not married, doesn't get included in the "marrieds" set. She has become one of those "spinsters" every congregation had - even though she's far from old.
This struck me as sad because she used to have a big circle of friends and a very active social life. Now those friends have either, as I mentioned, got married so they move in different circles or quite a few of them are no longer witnesses (so my sister, in keeping with JWs generally, never kept in touch apart from the usual "thinking about you" text etc). Others have moved away or moved on in some way. I would say that my sister, being so involved with "kingdom interests" doesn't really have time to keep in touch with people. She has many, what I would call "associates" - the very occasional catch up with old friends, but no consistent social circle.
I remember myself this feeling of loneliness in my final years as a witness. I felt totally isolated. People come on the scene, were friends and social for a while, and then moved off the scene for whatever reason - only to be seen at assemblies, with the obligatory "oh you must come around for dinner" invitation.
I found that it was really only my non-witness friends that seemed to stick around. I had also kept in touch with my friends who had "fallen away", (obviously when I eventually left JWs, they were there for me).
So it struck me is brilliantly ironic that when I got home, what did I see in my post box? Someone had shoved the June 2014 Awake into it, entitled "What Makes A Good Friend"? It actually made me angry. What a complete insult - unintended though it may be.