Do women make better friends?
In a recent study conducted by the Daily Mail, Uk, women seem to be twice as good at making friends than men, maintain friendships for longer and one in three women have their best friend from school days. Only one in six men are best friends with a school friend, men seemingly tend to make adult friends at university or work. So do women really make better friends? What do you think?
Many people will argue that be it men or women, there needs to be a natural bond and harmony between two people to sustain a friendship. But many people will agree with us when we say that women make better friends for a reason. Of course, opinions may differ.
A core reason why women might make better friends is because women are less egoistic than men. They are able to conquer the ego and see the situation in a better perspective. Men tend to be more aggressive when they are angry and this anger makes them immovable towards apologies etc. This is not intended to generalise, there are always exceptions to the rule, but more often than not, this is the case.
Women are better listeners. They are not as impatient as men who cannot listen for hours to someone whining about their problems. Men are more practical minded while women are more emotional. Women are happy to sit with their friends, a tub of icecream, or chocolate cake and talk for hours about the silliest of problems. Men might not have the patience to do that.
Women friends can also often relate to the problem at hand – the adage of walking a mile in someone’s shoes hold true for them as they are not quick to judge. The natural nurturing instincts in a woman help them to take care of someone who is suffering – make them feel loved and cared for. Very seldom will a woman scoff at her friend’s problems, even if they are minor and not particularly important.
Be rest assured that your women friends will be able to offer you better advice than men because they can analyse an emotionally hurtful situation better because of the above given reasons. Men, being more practical, will always take a practical viewpoint which might not include forgiveness or listening to the other side of the story. Women, being more introspective, would prefer hearing both sides of the story before giving you advice.
Of course women have their own issues too. It is a well known fact that many women friendships end because of jealousy and catty behaviour. Women, being more emotional, are extremely prone at thinking with their hearts and not their brains when they are involved in a fight and this can stop them from rectifying the situation.
So there you have it. Even though research says women make better friends, there is ample possibility of a beautiful friendship by both the genders, it involves mutual understanding, a desire to be friends and communication.