Male-male and female-female friendships are different in many interesting ways. But similarities tend to outweigh the differences additionally, individual personality variations affect relationships and interactions. There are differences in the way different sexes can engage and react with situations. These differences are reflected in the way we build friendships. Male friendships are more casual while female friendships are more intimate and personal. Female friendships tend to be more dependent on face-to-face contact.
They are more emotional and include more frequent sharing of thoughts and feelings. Friendships between men tend to be more side-to-side. Men would interact through events and activities in the outer world. One study has found that friendships among men are more instrumental and less emotional while women are much more likely to share emotions and feelings. Men’s friendships are often based on shared activities and are transaction-based exchanging favors and working together on specific tasks or projects.
Another study explored the differences among men form a socioeconomic perspective. The study found that working-class men have reciprocity with material goods and services. For example, they would exchange tools or offer help to fix cars. Middle-class men were more likely to share leisure activities such as travel or attending sporting events.
Another key difference between male and female friendships is the frequency of contact between friends women tend to put more effort into maintaining their friendships. They would call their female friends regularly and meet more frequently. Men don’t feel as much need to stay in touch and prefer to communicate when there is a specific reason or task.
The level of social support among men close friends is very different from the level of support among women close friends. But some evidence suggests women’s friendships can be more fragile than men’s. While women can hold a grudge for some time men are more likely to get over difficult friendships more quickly.