Study investigates likelihood of men and women being ‘just friends’

Posted at 7:16 AM, Oct 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-24 09:16:44-04

New research suggests there may be some truth to the statement men and women can’t be “just friends,” according to an article on

Results of a study suggest that men, relative to women, have a particularly hard time being “just friends.” Where as women as more capable of creating platonic friendships.

The study looked at the friendships between 88 pairs of under undergraduate opposite-sex friends. In general, men overestimated the level of attraction felt by their female friends and women underestimated the level of attraction felt by their male friends.

This study, along with a followup study focused on adults, the finding suggest that men and women have vastly different views of what it means to be “just friends.”

Source: Men and Women Can’t be ‘Just Friends’