Although many women and men manage to form and sustain long-term friendships, romantic feelings can and often do develop. Studies show that men are more likely to become attracted to a female friend. This attraction can develop even if the female is in a romantic relationship with another person.
More about being "just friends":
- Many people regard attraction in a friendship as negative and burdensome. People who are already involved in romantic partnerships often find that their attraction to friends can reduce their satisfaction with their current partners.
- Men in opposite-sex relationships are more likely to overestimate how attractive they are to their friends. Women are more likely to underestimate their attractiveness to male friends.
- Middle-aged people report less attraction to their friends than younger people do.