ERIC Number: EJ816843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 6
An Evolutionary Perspective of Friendship Selection
Coutinho, Savia A.
College Student Journal, v41 n4 p1163-1167 Dec 2007
The research reported in this article investigates whether promiscuity plays a role in same-sex and opposite-sex friend selection. Since same-sex friends share strong similarity and spend time with their friends' mates or potential mates, it becomes important to select same-sex friends who will not be sexual rivals. One way to determine rivalry in a potential same-sex friend is by assessing how promiscuous the person is. Having promiscuous friends may not always be a disadvantage; promiscuous friends can introduce a person to a vibrant social scene and to potential mates. Disadvantages arise only when a person is in a committed relationship or when there is a threat of losing mates or potential mates to the promiscuous friend. Promiscuous women may draw a man away from his mate and could possibly lead him to route his resources away from the primary relationship, leaving women and their offspring to fend for themselves. In comparison, promiscuous men are less desirable to women as women typically seek long-term mates.
Descriptors: Perspective Taking, Friendship, Selection, Sexuality, Incidence, Females, Males, Personality Traits
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