A recent study comes with bad news for women. It seems men find bromances a lot more emotionally rewarding than any kind of relationship they have with their girlfriends and wives. Most women sometimes feel they come second in the lives of their partners, so researchers have decided to delve into the problem and find an answer to this question.
Men feel less judged by their male friends
Bromances are relationships between two men, and are characterized by close friendship and a deep emotional connection. Since most men value these relationships more than the romantic connections they have with their partners, researchers developed a study on the matter.
It seems the secret lies in openness and less judgment. Men have reported feeling less judged by their male friends than by their female girlfriends and wives. Also, they feel better with expressing their feelings in front of other men than in front of their partners.
Over the past few years, bromances have been regarded as less fulfilling than friendships between two women. This happened because the general conception claimed men couldn’t reach the same level of intimacy between themselves.
People no longer see bromances as homosexual relationships
However, these relationships have changed a lot lately. The social constraints are now less rigid. Therefore, men feel now more comfortable with expressing their love and affection towards a male friend without fearing they might be seen as gay.
For the study, published in the journal Men & Masculinities, researchers interviewed 30 male undergraduates regarding their bromances. Twenty-eight of them declared they felt more comfortable talking about emotional problems with their male friends than with their female partners.
Mostly, this happens because of fear of judgment. Usually, women have high expectations of men, and most participants admitted being afraid of saying something wrong, which might damage their romantic relationship. In bromances, they feel more relaxed, and can be as honest as it gets in front of their friends.
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