The debate whether men and women can be friends continues! A new article suggests that just the feelings of attraction between guy and girl friends is a negative distraction in the friendship. Not surprisingly, women felt this more than men. "47 percent of women ages 18 to 23 listed attraction as a cost of an opposite-sex friendship, while 22 percent of men said the same."
Even so, men acknowledged that this can be a problem as well. The study said that "38 percent of women and 25 percent of men ages 27 to 50 said jealousy from their romantic partners was one cost of maintaining an opposite-sex friendship."
So what happens in these friendships? Does one partner want to remain in the friend zone while other harbors secret feelings of hope for a romantic relationship? Does the underlying attraction between two friends who have never dated prevent two people from becoming friends?