A recent study reveals that colleagues at work make good friends as they have common issues and problems.
A survey was done by O2, a British cell carrier showing people getting attracted to building friendship bonds with their working colleagues more than their school friends, hobby class partners, or university friends.
It was found that 33 percent Britons found their best friends forever (BFF) within the walls of their office.
Joseph Hodges, a 32 year old business consultant from Southampton, Hants mentioned, “I find myself working long hours, which often leaves little time to do anything interesting when I get home.
“I’d like to join a football team and play guitar in a band and make mates that way but I’m just too busy meeting my boss’s demands. Instead, I find myself going to the pub with workmates in the week and sometimes even going out with them for a meal at weekends too.”
“I am still in touch with a few people from school or university but not that many as I lost touch with most as I got wrapped up in my career. However, my best friend is still a mate I made at school and I regularly see him for a beer or two.”
The researchers examined 2012 Britons for the purpose of identifying whether colleagues at work turn out to be best friends.
According to the survey one third of respondents had close ties with co-workers. Around 10 percent found their best friends at the university and 4 percent on vacation.
Owing to work oriented lifestyle, an average Briton got little time for enjoyment and recreation, therefore merely 3 out of 100 friendships developed during sport, art or music.
Findings of the Survey:
About 33 percent of adults were best friends with their childhood comrades and were classmates in their childhood. Adult above 55 years of age mingled with their school pals showing their strong bonds.
“Close on heels came workplace friends (27 percent). Eleven percent respondents claimed to have made good buddies through other friends while 10 percent met them at the university. Only one percent had close ties with flat-mates.”
David Johnson said, “We are bound to make a large number of friends at work because we now spend a lot of our time there. It means we get to know our colleagues as well as – and in some cases better than – friends made in other parts of our lives.”
“People share mobile phone numbers with work colleagues and this contributes to the sense of closeness as they are also used for personal banter. That helps forge friendlier relationships. However, although work may be where we have the largest number of friends, the playground is still where we make those we feel closest to.”
He further added, “Indeed, many still have daily contact with an old school friend. And even those who now live a long way away from each other can stay in close contact with social networking, text messages and email. Technology has become a vital way to keep friendships close over the years.”