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A New Relationship Causes You to Lose Friends

Gain a Boyfriend, Lose Two Friends

Ever feel like you lost a friend to her new relationship? You might be one of the unlucky friends who didn't make the cut. According to a report presented at the British Science Festival, the average person (man or woman) has five close friends, and the start of a new relationship results in the loss of two close friends on average for both partners. Maybe that's why there are only four friends in Sex and the City — they'll never have to give one up to a new relationship.

It's not all that depressing, though, at least for the person in the relationship. While we all have a limited supply of time and emotional resources to dedicate to friendships, a romantic relationship might offer the same support of at least two platonic friendships. Plus, your partner might widen your social circle, bringing his remaining friends into your world.

Do you relate to these findings?

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onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I agree with fashionplate, for me it's never that I stop making time for my friends, it's that single girls prefer to go out with other single girls and they stop calling you as much.
nylorac nylorac 6 years
I think when I'm in a relationship my priorities just change. And to be honest, the older I am, the less patience I have for people who are just acquaintances, not so much my besties. Especially now with my live-in boyfriend, I have a constant companion so I'm less likely to be making the effort to seek company with people I am not close to, to begin with (if I wasn't, there must have been a reason why...).
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 6 years
Yes, actually. Since meeting my SO, I have noticed that certain single friends have pulled away. I am not sure if they don't know how to relate to me now that I am in a relationship, or what the case is, but it is quite sad. However, with those lost friendships, I have gained other friendships and in the end, I believe it all works itself out.
mix-tape mix-tape 6 years
Ah I am guilty of this. In fact, today one of my best friends who lives in another city called me and I realized I had not talked to him for weeks! I recently started dating someone new and I have accidentally isolated myself. I have also begun a strenuous mater's program so I'm extra tied down these days. Even Sugar doesn't get much of my spare time!
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
I'm usually the opposite. Dating someone gets me out of the house/office and I generally make new friends, many stick after a break up, as well.
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