Friendship in simple terms is mutual affection between two people. But the way males and females exhibit this affection is a lot different. Here’s a compilation of some of the differences between male and female friendships.
Instrumental vs emotional
Ronald E. Riggio,– Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology points that men tend to be more “instrumental” and less emotional with their friends, while women friends are much more likely than men to share emotions and feelings.
Activities vs feeling
Men’s friendships are often based on shared activities (e.g., poker or golfing buddies), and are more “transactional” – reciprocating favors and working together on projects. In other words, men share activities, women share feelings.
Communication and connection
Women tend to invest more in maintaining their friendships – calling friends regularly, meeting more frequently, etc. Men, on the other hand, don’t feel as much need to stay in touch.
Stable vs fragile
Men’s friendships tend to be less intimate and less supportive than friendships between women. However, there is some evidence that women’s friendships tend to be more fragile than men’s.