Your boyfriend might not be gay, but another man could still potentially steal him away from you claims one study.
“The increasingly intimate, emotive and trusting nature of bromances offers young men a new social space for emotional disclosure,” researchers wrote in a study published in the journal “Men and Masculinites”.
The threat is that the Bromances are allegedly more emotionally satisfying and rewarding than a romance with a woman, the study states.
The study — conducted by researchers at the University of Winchester in the UK — involved interviews with 30 straight undergraduate men. These men said they felt less judged by ‘their bros’, making it easier for them to ‘open up and resolve conflicts with their male friends than with their girlfriends,’ reports the NY Post.
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“With a romance,” the men complained, “one was constantly posturing and self-monitoring,” acting, “the part of the adoring boyfriend,” to be able to sleep with their girlfriends, researchers found.
One man, “Harvey,” said he didn’t even feel comfortable divulging that he loves listening to Beyonce and Taylor Swift — for fear that his girlfriend would judge him.
But his bros would understand.
“On balance, they argued that bromantic relationships were more satisfying in their emotional intimacy, compared to heterosexual romances,” researchers wrote.
All but one of the men interviewed admitted they have cuddled and slept in the same bed with their bros, Telegraph UK reported.
“We hug when we meet, and we sleep in the same bed when we have sleepovers. Everyone knows it, and nobody is bothered by it because they do it as well,” a man named “Aaron” in the study said.
“It’s like having a girlfriend but then not a girlfriend,” said “Martin”.
Researchers said this growing coziness between bros could threaten their relationships with women.
“There are significant and worrying results here for women. These men perceived women to be the primary regulators of their behavior, and this caused disdain for them as a whole in some instances,” Dr. Stefan Robinson said, whom is one of the researchers.
Researchers found that the men spoke of women they knew in generally negative terms, and said they thought women held long grudges and were emotionally unpredictable.