Well this is rather awkward
Despite the fact that our friends bring us more health and happiness than our own family do (sorry mum) it turns out that millions of Brits have admitted to not actually liking their own friends (urm, awkward).
Yep, a study of 2,000 UK adults by TV channel Lifetime found that the average Brit has 16 friends and acquaintances and of those there are three they don’t like and struggle to get on with.
A differencing of opinions, lifestyles and sense of humour also meant that 45 percent of those who took part in the study considered some of the people in their social circles to be ‘frenemies’ as they don’t really enjoy socialising with them for the reasons listed above.
More than four in ten participants admitted to having at least one ‘friend’ they see regularly that they can’t stand, whilst one in four revealed they don’t like their partner’s friends and confessed this had led to rows with their other half.
Lifetime’s channel director Koulla Anastasi has said of the results: ‘It is quite surprising to see so many people struggle to get along with others in their own friendship group.
You can end up socialising with people you wouldn’t usually choose as a friend, perhaps through work, friends-of-friends or through your partner.
And as these survey results show, it means you regularly have to meet up with people you may not consider to be real friends.’
The survey found that work colleagues are mostly likely to be the people we find it difficult to get along with, with a friend of a friend coming in second the list and our partner’s friends falling not far behind.
When asked, one in four participants admitted to openly telling someone in their friendship group they didn’t really like them and almost half have had arguments because they struggle to get along, with another 50 percent even going as far as trying to ghost a friend out.