Is it possible for men and women to be "just friends?" If we all thought and behaved like women, most certainly. However, if we felt like men, most likely, we'd be fighting a severe overpopulation problem.
The results of a very recent study suggest that drinking alcohol can cause men to be less inhibited and help men express their emotions more. As predicted, findings suggest men report significantly less emotional intimacy in friendships with same-sex partners than women.
The types of relationships between men and women appear to differ, however, especially when it comes to shared interests, support, and companionship.
Compared to women, men tend to prefer more activity-based friendships, while women like more friendship relationships. Despite the differences, male-male friendships and female-female friendships share many similarities.
As a result, there remains a difference in how men and women relate to friends. On the one hand, male friendships are more casual, while on the other hand, female companies are more personal and intimate. It isn't surprising that female friendships are more likely to be face-to-face, emotional, sharing feelings, and more support.
Unlike females, who tend to make friends with one another face-to-face, male friends are more likely to engage in shared activities, to be less intimate, and to be transactional. Studies have shown that men are more likely to share their inner-most feelings with their wives, girlfriends, sisters, or other platonic female friends rather than their close male friends.
Male-male friendships differ from female-female friendships in the following ways:
•A male-male friendship involves side-by-side activities, fostered and maintained by sharing, where a female-female company involves face-to-face conversations, communication, and support.
•Friendship between men is not as fragile as friendship between women. For example, men will consider someone a friend even if they do not maintain or stay in constant contact with emotional attachment.
•Unlike men, who tend to get along better in a larger group, women prefer to go out with one good friend rather than several. Women avoid taunting and humor out of fear of hurting someone's feelings.
•The majority of men and women remain friends following a fight or argument, whereas women do not. Women will need to communicate with someone they consider to be a friend more frequently.
Even though these differences do not apply to all male-male and female-female friendships, they provide a general picture of the differences between male-male and female-female companies.No matter what type of friendship you are in; it is essential to identify what you are looking for in a friend. To identify the kind of relationship you desire with a friend, you must determine what you need and want out of their essentials.
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