Can Men and Women Be "Just Friends"?

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire investigated the popular question of whether men and women can be "just friends" and discovered that perhaps Harry is right all along:

Daily experience suggests that non-romantic friendships between males and females are not only possible, but common—men and women live, work, and play side-by-side, and generally seem to be able to avoid spontaneously sleeping together. However, the possibility remains that this apparently platonic coexistence is merely a façade, an elaborate dance covering up countless sexual impulses bubbling just beneath the surface.

New research suggests that there may be some truth to this possibility—that we may think we’re capable of being “just friends” with members of the opposite sex, but the opportunity (or perceived opportunity) for “romance” is often lurking just around the corner, waiting to pounce at the most inopportune moment.

This is what happens when researchers met opposite-sex friendship: Link | Research paper [PDF]

So what do you think Neatoramanauts?

Can men and women be just friends?



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A little secret here. I am also married besides my female co-worker friends my other friends are the wives of my friends. But I noticed that I try to keep the friendship because of their wives than the husbands. It is not that I am sexually desiring their wives (or am I?).
My perception of what happened with your co-workers is that they always had feelings for you and you didn't noticed. Maybe they were too subtle when you were married, but the interest for you was always there.
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I don't believe that's totally true. Everyone is attractive in their own way; and even though men are attracted to what they see while women are attracted to what they hear, sex is imprinted in men since puberty. I have fat friends and I can tell you that I had sexual feelings for them too. So I don't thing that being fat is a factor here. Do you want to be my friend :-P ?
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I'm a woman. One time, a male friend of mine, who I considered a good friend, made romantic moves on me, and I didn't like it. I had never thought of him as more than just a friend. So there is that.
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Of course just friends, but we (as men) will always think about seeing her naked or having sex with her. In the meantime of course just friends.
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