A lot of people say that they’re best friends forever, but how many people really mean it? After all, your best friends now may go off to different colleges, find new hobbies, or get caught up in a new clique, right?
A new study says that one in three women and girls find their best friends in school and remain BFFs for life! In fact, women and girls are twice as likely as men to become best friends and stay that way, since most guys meet their best friends in college or through work later on in life. We think that makes a lot of sense, though–girls tend to mature a lot faster than guys do, so our childhood best friends are probably more likely to have stuff in common with us as we get older, whereas guys tend to take a little bit longer to grow up, so their taste in everything from video games to BFFs may change once they hit college and their 20s.
While we’re awesome at maintaining friendships, though, we may be a little too good at it. The same research says that about 16 percent of us are friends with at least one person we don’t actually like all that much. We get not wanting drama, but uh, what’s the point? Why waste your time hanging out with someone you can’t stand when there are people you actually dig who would love to grab a coffee with you?
In any case, something that helps keep friendships going and rekindle relationship with pals that may have fizzled? You guessed it: Facebook. A lot of us (again, one in three!) use it to spark new conversations with childhood best friends and catch up with people we may have lost touch with. The study also notes that while most people have between 50 and 100 or more Facebook friends, most of us only have around 50 phone numbers for friends’ in our cells, and most of us only count around five of those people as close friends. Statistically speaking, most people have fewer friends the older they get (people grow apart, move, and stuff–sounds pretty normal to us, right?)–so girls are on the right track by being good to the ones we’ve got now. (And they say Facebook ruins lives!)
Best friends are hard to come by, but apparently for most of they’re easy to keep. Keep it up!
Where did you meet your best friends? When did you and your best friends meet? Do you have more than one best friend? Do you and your best friends keep in touch on FB? Tell us in the comments!