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The 34 hours that can turn an acquaintance into a good friend

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Do you need to make a new friend? Then you have to put in 34 hours of effort to forge a solid relationship with a friend, experts say

  • It takes people 2,040 minutes to turn from an acquaintance into a good friend
  • The research was analyzed by Robin Dunbar, professor at the University of Oxford
  • It revealed that each person supposedly has five close ‘shoulder-to-cry’ friends

We all have friends we’ve known for many years, and some we’ve only known for a few weeks.

But how long does it take for an acquaintance to become a real buddy? The answer is around 34 hours, according to experts.

A survey of more than 2,000 people has shown that we need 2,040 minutes of commitment to make that change.

How long does it take for an acquaintance to become a real buddy? Around 34 o’clock is the answer, according to experts

The research was analyzed by Robin Dunbar, a professor at Oxford University best known for formulating the Dunbar number, a theory that suggests the limit on the number of people with whom we can maintain stable social relationships.

The analysis showed that the ultimate formula for friendship consists of 11 interactions, each lasting an average of three hours and four minutes, over a period of five and a half months.

It also revealed that each person supposedly has five close “shoulder-to-cry” friends – with “being there for each other in difficult times” being the most important quality of a best friend.

A survey of more than 2,000 people has shown that we need 2,040 minutes of commitment to make that change

A survey of more than 2,000 people has shown that we need 2,040 minutes of commitment to make that change

And two-thirds of those who participated in the survey of the menthol-sweet brand Fisherman’s Friend said they were actively seeking additions to their inner circle and needed a large number of friends to feel satisfied.

Professor Dunbar said: ‘Friendships are the single most important factor affecting both our psychological and physical health and well-being.

“This study shows how two-thirds of us have a best friend who provides those moments of emotional support and advice when we need it most. That makes finding friends and maintaining friendships all the more important.’

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