PUBLIC OPINION > It's OK When Friends Find Love
SodaHead Living 2012/04/10 22:00:00
How About We recently published an article about a situation most of us will encounter at one time or another -- the close single friend who finds love. Sometimes it turns out fine and little changes, but more often than not it means getting to spend less time with that friend. Sure, you might be happy for their newfound love, but sometimes sacrifices must be made, and while that love goes strong, the friendship takes on a secondary quality. We asked the public if they relate.
As much as they'd love to spend time with their friends, most people don't mind when those friends find a love to call their own. Their happiness is more important. However, many respondents -- even those who were OK with it -- expressed a conditional concern. If said friend becomes obsessed with their new love, if their personality changes or they simply won't shut up about it, then it's bad news all around.
The Way Young Lovers Do
Young voters, particularly those under the age of 25, have a much harder time letting their friends fall in love. Our guess is that this is directly related to that "conditional concern" noted above: Young lovers tend to become wholly immersed in their love interest. They aren't as willing to leave their lover's side, and often won't stop talking about them. Ah, young love. Good riddance.
Moot Point When You're Married
Another reason young voters might be more hesitant to sacrifice time with their formerly single friends is that they don't have a love of their own. Married voters were 17% less likely to mind. However, voters in unmarried relationships felt exactly the same as singles.
Liberals Don't Like It Much
Oddly enough, there was a political difference in the results, as well. Liberal respondents were more than twice as likely to have a problem with it. This could be due to the fact that younger people tend to lean left, although that doesn't explain why the political difference is even more pronounced than relationship status.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about friends finding love. We'd love to hear from you!
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