Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

The DU Lounge

Showing Original Post only (View all)


(29,126 posts)
Thu Feb 15, 2024, 08:57 PM Feb 2024

Study, 70% of people in relationships started as friends [View all]

Stumbled upon this on Facebook and found it interesting as I was friends first with my wife. This is kind of a striking statistic especially with the stigma now attached to the "friend-zone". Not sure if I am buying it. Maybe the friend-zone is the place to be? How did most people on DU met their significant other?

Nearly 70 percent of romances may begin as friendships, new research suggests.
Only 18 percent of people reported they intentionally became friends with their now-partner due to romantic attraction.
People reported that online dating and blind dates were two of the worst ways to meet a potential partner.

Snip: To be exact, the researchers estimated that 68 percent of romantic relationships start from friendship. This is based on self-report data from seven separate studies in which 1,897 people were asked to respond to the following question:

“What was your relationship with your partner before you became romantically involved?” (a) friends; (b) a friend of a friend; (c) acquaintances; (d) worked together; (e) had never met before (strangers); (f) other.


11 votes, 0 passes | Time left: Unlimited
Dated first
3 (27%)
Friends first
6 (55%)
Other, explane
2 (18%)
Show usernames
Disclaimer: This is an Internet poll
2 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Latest Discussions»The DU Lounge»Study, 70% of people in r...