Eric Del Carlo. Friendlessness. (Asimovs January 2012)

A young man, socially awkward, finds that having run out of the money to pay for a professional Friend, he is reliant on his own limited skill set for interpersonal communications, in a world were those skills are prized, and public. However, in returning to his childhood home he stumbles upon someone who puts him back in touch with himself. The story zips through quite quickly and fairly obviously.

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