Overall, the students reported feeling less judged by their close male friends than by their girlfriends.
The authors published their initial findings in May, in the journal .
In their new analysis, they identify and explore the differences between those men’s bromances and their actual romances.
Rejection sucks, but learning to tell these signs for what they really are — that friendship is becoming more — is sure to save you from much heartache, especially when you know the difference between a friendship and relationship.
If you're a man lusting for a woman, but she's your best friend, make sure the lust is not fleeting. If you feel an emotional bond with your best friend, and you feel that it is mutual and has potential to last "forever," be prepared to face rejection and possibly lose him or her.
If a man has any sensitivity or intelligence, he wants to get the straight scoop from his girlfriend. I just think you have to go to person by person and do the best you can with people in general.
Young men get more emotional satisfaction out of “bromances”—close, heterosexual friendships with other males—than they do out of romantic relationships with women, according to a small new study published in .
29 out of 30 men said they had cuddled with their bromantic partner.
These findings may not apply to men beyond this very specific population, and more research is needed.
But close male companionship became more taboo in the second half of the 20th century, say researchers from the University of Winchester in England, due to a rise in homophobic sentiments and changing ideals of what masculinity should look like.
In recent years, though, bromances have become cool again, the authors say—thanks in part to high-profile celebrity examples (like the Obama-Biden bromance) and movies like To find out how much bromances mattered, they surveyed 30 heterosexual men who were second-year college students and had been in a relationship before, or were currently.
“On balance, they argued that bromantic relationships were more satisfying in their emotional intimacy, compared to their heterosexual romances.” The fact that men are finally comfortable getting close with one another is a progressive step forward, say the authors, and they suggest that men may benefit greatly from long-term, same-sex friendships—especially if they’re not comfortable being emotionally intimate with women.