Your friends can play an important role in the success or failure of your romantic relationship. If you and your partner have friends in common, you incorporate these networks into your self-concept. Your relationship has a better chance of succeeding when your friends approve of your partner and you all spend time together. Friends can provide emotional support and advice throughout your relationship. It is especially helpful for females to have friends they can talk to about sexual issues or problems.
- When you and your partner connect with a social network of mutual friends, it strengthens your relationship.
- Your family members and friends can provide you with emotional support throughout your relationship with your partner.
- When your friends and family members approve of your partner, the two of you are less likely to break up.
“Our romantic relationships don’t exist in a vacuum – They’re just one of many intertwining relationships that make up our social world.”