It is said that young men of this generation get more emotional satisfaction with bromances, or heterosexual friendship with other males, than they do out of romantic relationships.
According to a new study, intimate male friendships have been more acceptable in the recent years. As it is a good thing, the authors also cautioned that it could also lead to weaker bonds when it comes to dating and marriage.
Bromance isn’t new.
It is known that George Washington wrote letters to other men and Abraham Lincoln shared a bed with a male friend for several years. Close male companionship became taboo in the latter part of the 20th century. The University of Winchester, England said that it was due to the rise in homophobic sentiments and the change of the ideal masculinity.
To find out how much bromances mattered, the researchers surveyed 30 heterosexual men whom had been in relationships before, or were in one at that time.
It was found out that all of them have at least one male close friend, whom they engaged in behaviors which cross “no boundaries”. Some of these activities include sharing secrets, expressing love, or sleeping in the same bed.
29 out of the 30 men said that they have cuddled wit their bromantic partner.
Overall, the respondents said that they feel less judged by their male friends than by their girlfriends. They also said that it was easier to overcome conflicts and share emotions with their guy friends.