The researchers came to this conclusion after they surveyed 184 people who had been in a relationship for 16 months or more. They asked them what they valued most about their relationship. Among the options were: companionship, friendship, sharing new experiences together, and sex.
Friendship came in first followed by companionship. The study reads: "Results revealed that valuing the friendship aspect of a romance is a strong positive predictor of concurrent romantic relationship qualities (i.e. love, sexual gratification, and romantic commitment)."
"Furthermore, evidence suggests that these benefits come from valuing friendship specifically, rather than any other aspect of the relationship."
Laura VanderDrift, one of the authors of the study, noted in an interview with Independent that couples trying to improve their relationship could solve several problems immediately by focusing on being friends and having more shared interests.
"For people seeking help for their relationships, this could mean that focusing on the friendship shared in the relationship would benefit its other areas," VanderDrift said.
"For seeking a relationship, this suggests that finding a partner who is first and foremost a friend could confer myriad benefits."
Now go ahead and friend zone that potential partner.
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