I don't want friends, but I do feel lonely sometimes.
I'm quite frequently offered opportunities to make friends (coworkers, schoolmates, hobbies).
While I chat with them in the situation, I usually avoid any deeper contact with them (not exchanging phone numbers, no social media, not hanging with them outside the place I know them from).
That being said, I have some older friendships that I value to some degree.
As for making new ones, I feel like I don't connect well enough with people (what they're interested in, how they approach things, what they talk about etc).
I guess the benefit of friends can be being able to explore ideas from new perspectives.
Just that, with people being interested in different things...
Also, I would prefer having that without having to spend any extra time connecting.
"If you need a safe space, see a therapist" - Jordan Peterson