From friend to friend. Scientists told how long it takes to become true friends
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A new study shows that it doesn't take that long to form strong friendships.Related video
If you want to make a new friend who's only an acquaintance so far, you'll have to spend 2,040 minutes on it, according to a new study, according to the Daily Mail.
A new study by scientists from Oxford University has shown that in order to strengthen social bonds between people who are so far only acquaintances, you need to make an effort for 2040 minutes or 34 hours.
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That is, if you need a reliable friend, then this time should be enough for strong friendly relations to develop between people.< /p>
Each person has a lot of acquaintances, but among them only a few are true friends. Some people want to have more good friends. But scientists believe that this requires a lot of effort, which will be rewarded with the desired result.
The new study also involved renowned scientist Robin Dunbar, who was the first to propose the so-called Dunbar number. This theoretical number shows how many permanent social connections a person can maintain. According to this theory, a person can communicate normally and effectively, as well as cooperate with only 150 people.
According to the results of a study in which 2,000 respondents took part, in order to make a new friend, you need to make 11 interactions between someone who is looking for a friend and a potential friend. Each such interaction should last an average of 3 hours and 4 minutes over a 5.5 month period. After that, according to scientists, an ordinary acquaintance can become a friend.
One of the most important qualities of a good friend is that such a person can always either come to the rescue or just listen in difficult times. According to the study, each person can have up to 5 very close friends who can either “cry in your vest” themselves, or listen at the right time and help with deed or advice.
According to Dunbar, friendship is one of the most important factors that affects the psychological and physical health of a person, as well as how much a person feels completely happy.
“Finding a good friend is difficult, but if you make an effort, it is possible. Each of us needs a good friend who will give us the right emotional support,” says Dunbar.
As Focus wrote, a recent study showed that smells affect relationships between people. In particular, it is about the fact that people of the same sex are more likely to be able to be friends if they have the same smell.