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Talking too much about your ex? Friends may start to avoid you: survey
AFP
September 23, 2013
First Published: 15:35 IST(23/9/2013)
Last Updated: 14:04 IST(24/9/2013)
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Perhaps this scenario sounds familiar: in a new survey, some 50 percent of US adults said that they have dodged a friend or family member who talks incessantly about his or her relationship problems.

Among the younger participants, 25-34-year-olds, 64 percent have admitted to steering clear of a pal for this reason. "Friends can be great resources when it comes to dating advice, but at a certain point, they can get tired of hearing about your issues and just tell you what you want to hear rather than give you the advice you really need," said Jennifer Kelman, a life coach with professional services website Pearl.com, who conducted the survey of 1,000 US adults.

In the survey, 18-34-year-olds said that their top three dating issues were deciding when to stay and when to bail on a relationship (44 percent), trying to get over an ex (35 percent), and figuring out whether somebody has been unfaithful (34 percent).

Also, the majority of male and female survey respondents tended to look to a trusted female friend for advice. What about mom? Thirty percent said their family members are the most likely to give bad dating advice.

In addition, 44 percent said that if the sex was bad in their relationship, they would bring up the issue with their partner, while 39 percent said they'd keep quiet. Twenty-eight percent would stay in the relationship and just hope the sex gets better, and 11 percent would break off the relationship without bringing it up.


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