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Women better than men at making friends

ANI  London, August 22, 2012
First Published: 18:32 IST(22/8/2012) | Last Updated: 18:03 IST(23/8/2012)

Women are twice as good as men at making friends for life, as one in three of them have their best friend from school, a new survey has revealed.

Only one in six men are best friends with a schoolfriend, with men tending to make their adult friends at university or at work, the Daily Mail reported.

British adults make 37 percent of friendships in the workplace and despite having 50 to 100 Facebook friends on average and 50 friends’ numbers saved in their mobile phone, they claim to have just five close friends.

A third of women and a quarter of men who responded to the survey said they had found old friends on social networking sites.

But the survey of 2,000 British adults by Orangina found that 13 percent of men and 16 percent of women admitted there is at least one person in their friendship group who they can’t stand.

The results also found that the number of friendships decreases as time goes by, with people reporting they had three close friends on average by the age of 60.

British Adults’ friendships by numbers:

Five - number of ‘close’ friends the average Brit has

Five friends from school in adulthood

50 - amount of friends’ numbers saved in their mobile phone

50-100 - Facebook friends each British adult has on average

13 percent men don’t like one person in their friendship group

16 percent women don’t like one person in their friendship group

5 percent men have used social networks to re-establish childhood friendships

33 percent women have used social networks to re-establish childhood friendships

34 percent women meet life-long best friend at school

16 percent men met their current best friend at school


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