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How Friendships Change When You Become an Adult

theatlantic.com

Unlike family relationships, we choose to enter into friendships. And unlike other voluntary bonds, like marriages and romantic relationships, they lack a formal structure. 

You wouldn’t go months without speaking to or seeing your significant other (hopefully), but you might go that...

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3 Expectations of friends

There are three expectations of a close friend that people describe and value across the entire life course.

  • Somebody to talk to
  • Someone to depend on
  • Someone to enjoy

The beautiful, special thing about friendship is that friends are friends because they want...

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  • In childhood, friends are mostly other kids who are fun to play with
  • In adolescence, there’s a lot more self-disclosure and support between friends, but adolescents are still discovering their identity, and learning what it means to be intimate. 
  • During young...

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  1. Just keeping a relationship alive. Saying “Happy Birthday” on Facebook, having a friend’s tweet—these are the life support machines of friendship. They keep it breathing, but mechanically.
  2. Keeping a relationship at a stable level of closeness. Being able to write a mess...

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