The older you get, the harder it seems it is to find friends. The kinds of friends who won’t mind if you suggest hanging out at home with a bottle of wine and the latest Netflix series instead of going out. Or the kinds of friends you can text “my period is making my life hell on earth” to cancel plans instead of faking a “work emergency”.
The deeper into adulthood you go, the more distant the days of discovering your best friend because you happened to sit next to each other that one time in maths class seem.
And now, new research has confirmed the theory that making friends actually requires a) a lot of effort and b) quite the amount of time.
Jeffrey Hall, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at University of Kansas, conducted a study in which he calculated the exact number of hours it takes to go from casual acquaintance to ‘best friend forever’.
According to his results, it takes 50 hours from the moment you meet someone to become a ‘casual friend’ and 90 hours to become a ‘friend’.
And to be counted as someone’s ‘close friend’? Hall says you need to spend 200 hours or more with a person to reach that most sacred of friendship statuses.