Stephen asks: "I am trying to find a 'real' adult dating site. The people on there either do not exist or are trumped up.
However, according to a new survey of 1,000 people across the country by platonic friend-making website Not4Dating.com, BFFs may be more true to their name as 55 per cent of people say they have kept the same best friend over the last decade.
Respondents voted that the hardest part of making new friends is not having enough time, followed by finding people with similar political, religious, cultural and other views, as well as social awkwardness.'Friendships are important and precious, but the older we get, making and keeping friends becomes more difficult as we juggle competing priorities,' said Nicole Kryda, a spokesperson for Not 4 Dating, which helps people make platonic friends.
A whopping 40 per cent of respondents have admitted to having a friendship-ending fight - and it’s not just with friends: One in three Americans admit to having immediate or extended family members they no longer speak to after a falling out.
In fact, entering a relationship is the third biggest cause of losing friends – the top two being moving away to a new city and simply drifting apart.
Thirty per cent of respondents admit they have lost friends in a break-up.
The three communities include casual dating, relationships and intimate encounters.
Additionally, each of these communities has content, forums, polls, and searching and browsing functions.
"The dialogue that occurs online is much more shallow and transient.
It's like comparing an artificial sweetener to honey, or instant coffee to slow-brewed." I suspected as much, but I wanted to see for myself.1.
Could spilling my guts to faceless strangers on an online message board or chat room possibly compare to "real" therapy? Paul Hokemeyer, a NYC-based addictions and family therapist, is dubious.
"Therapy that changes people's lives is a nuanced process," he says.