Socl 3601 - Exam 3

Socl 3601 - Exam 3 - Socl 3601 Exam 3 Close Relationships...

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Socl 3601 – Exam 3 Close Relationships First we’ll look at friendships, then at romantic relationships Friendships: -tend to be with the same sex -cross sex friendships do exist, but are less common- Why? The Hidden Agenda - Ann Landers described love as a friendship that’s caught on fire. That can be the case, but what if 2 ppl of opp. sexes are friends & 1 wants to move it beyond a friendship & other person doesn’t? - In the back of our minds in opp. sex friendships always have the thought of what the potential is for them to be more - If one person does try to move it forward in that case, the friendship will never be the same Men & women are brought up in 2 different cultures, according to many researchers, & thus are taught to view the world in different ways Factors in friendship formation: - Homophily- our friendships tend to be w/ ppl who are the same age, ethnicity, social class, etc., i.e., the people that we have the most in common with - Physical proximity- also a factor in our friendships; if you never cross paths with someone, you’ll never meet them much less develop a friendship - Apartment/dorm study where people who lived out in the middle of the apartment complex made more friends than those who lived closer to the entrances/ exits - Race/class- only certain ppl can afford to live in certain residential neighborhoods
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- Foci of activity- people who have certain common interests will come together around those common interests - Men & women are pushed toward different interests - foci of activity is opposite of homophily in a way, but the 2 are not mutually exclusive ideas -Researchers have also pointed out gender differences in the ways that men & women tend to maintain their same sex friendships: - men= shared activites; doing things with other guys (watching sports, fixing cars, drinking beer, shooting pool, etc.) - women= self-disclosure ; talking about things, sharing their feelings, talking about their relationships & other people’s relationships - this makes sense w/ the gender rules we had described, but - o’neil questions the research b/c he doesn’t think it tells the complete story: don’t women do things w/ each other? (shopping, etc) there seems to be a certain amount of androcentrism in the research secondary finding of the experiment- the men in the sample knew just as many intimate details of friend’s lives as the women did! However, the researchers didn’t find or propose any explanation for this. possible explanations- men are more telepathic than women (umm, no) men run around peeking into friends’ windows (prob not) problem with the research (maybe so!) - “intimacy” -men & women approach this word differently -women= emotional closeness & sharing of feelings -men= a sexual relationship Romantic Relationships What attracts us to another person? -physical attractiveness may be 1 of the first things; but for a strong relationship certainly
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course SOCL 3601 taught by Professor O'neil during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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Socl 3601 - Exam 3 - Socl 3601 Exam 3 Close Relationships...

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