Can You Be “Just Friends" with a Guy?

Korin Miller
CosmopolitanMay 11, 2012




Oh, you thought you were just friends?
Oh, you thought you were just friends?

Can you really be "just friends" with a guy? According to a new study, the answer is yes…kind of.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin studied guy-girl friendships of more than 400 adults and found that, even though men and women can be buddies, guy friends are more likely to be attracted to us than we are to them.

Related: 12 Signs He's Not The One

Scientists also discovered that men are more likely than women to overestimate how attracted their female friends are to them. So your best guy friend might secretly think you have a thing for him-even when you don't. Annoying, we know.

Not only that, guys who were in relationships weren't any less likely than single dudes to say that they find their female friends attractive or that they'd actually like to date them. Women, on the flip side, were also equally likely to be attracted to their guy friends, but those who were in relationships were way less likely to say they'd actually date them.

So, yes, we can be friends with guys. But it can be a bit...complicated.


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