The Duggars: Do Jim Bob & Michelle's Kids Have Any Friends?

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For the most part, growing up with 18 siblings sounds like a nightmare.

The lack of bathroom access alone would be reason enough to run away from home.

But we suppose there are some upsides, too -- like the fact that you really never have to worry about companionship.

After all, with that many siblings, you're sure to get along with at least one of them, right?

Of course, the problem with raising and homeschooling an army of kids in a rural environment is that they don't have much incentive or opportunity to branch out and form relationships outside the family.

Which may be why fans are convinced the Duggar kids never bothered to make any friends.

Take a look:

1. So Many Duggars

So Many Duggars
The Duggars are a sizable clan, and they've been growing at an astonishing rate in recent years, as Jim Bob and Michelle's kids are marrying and starting families of their own.

2. Sisters/BFFs

Several members of the Duggar clan paired off in childhood with siblings who remain their best friends in adulthood.

3. Jill and Jessa Forever

Jill and Jessa Forever
Jill and Jessa Duggar, for example, have been close friends for their entire lives.

4. Better Than Besties

Better Than Besties
Jill and Jessa have a bond that goes beyond friendship, and it was only strengthened when they both faced the challenges of new motherhood together.

5. And They're Not the Only Ones ...

And They're Not the Only Ones ...
There are other pairs of close Duggar friends, including twins Jana and John David, who are said to enjoy such a close bond that they can communicate without speaking.

6. Not the Same

Not the Same
But some fans have argued that sibling relationships don't fill the same needs as friendships, and the Duggars' isolation has had a profound effect on their social development.

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When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar

Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar on saying yes (yes, and more yes) to sex