How bromances are threatening heterosexual relationships

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 13, 2017

All the men involved in the study had had "bromantic" friends who they lived with, and had known for at least 18 months.

Bromances are more emotionally satisfying and rewarding for men than romances with women - a not-so-brotastic development for the future of heterosexual relationships, a study published Thursday found.

They found that the men felt less judged by their close male friends than by their girlfriends and that it was easier for them to overcome conflicts and express their emotions in their bromances than in their romances.

"A bromance offered men elevated emotional stability, enhanced emotional disclosure, social fulfilment, compared to the emotional lives they shared with their girlfriends", said Stefan Robinson from UK's University of Winchester.

According to The Telegraph, Dr Robinson said: "Young heterosexual men are now able to confide in each other and develop and maintain deep emotional friendships based on intimacy and and the expression of once-taboo emotional sentimentality".

For example, researchers suggested that strong bromances could challenge traditional domestic living arrangements between men and women.

They frame the tensions of the bromance vs romance dynamic against a backdrop of declining homophobia, sexual liberalism, and inclusive masculinity.

One man named "Aaron" told researchers: "We hug when we meet, and we sleep in the same bed when we have sleepovers".

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