Womans role in dating
Thus, Hamlett theorized, men save their emotional sharing for their partner, whereas women are more likely to share their feelings with a network of therapists and friends.
While the office is a common place for men and women to develop relationships (the term “work wife” has slipped quietly into the “this sounds sexist” class of phrases), some men are chronic befrienders of women in and out of the office.
Greif says most people tend to feel more relaxed with people who are like themselves, but that some people just don’t enjoy spending time with their “reference group.” Jake, 27, says he connects better with women because he doesn’t enjoy the stereotypical twin pillars of male hangs: sports and drinking.
In a survey Greif conducted, 80 percent of men said that most of their time with male friends is spent discussing sports.
“There are women that talk about sports, and there are men that don’t just talk about sports,” Greif adds.
“But there’s a sense that if you’re a man and you want to make friends with a man, you’re better off if you either played sports or are able to talk a little bit about sports.” A study in suggested that men bonded over activities—like sports, video games, and going out to bars to meet women—and reserved “emotional sharing” for their opposite-sex partners.