Study Says People Only Want to See Their Friends 4 Times a Month

People may come and go, but friends are forever.

More than half of Americans want to see their friends at least four times a month (57%), according to a new poll, and a large majority call their pals better than therapy.

The study, conducted by OnePoll for Chinet, found that about a third of those surveyed (31%) revealed that they don’t get to see their loved ones as often as they’d want to, with 70% wishing they could spend more time with them.

The poll, which surveyed 2,000 adults to determine what elements make a fun party, also found that three out of four people (74%) believe that having a good time with friends is just as healing as a therapy session. Two-thirds of respondents felt less stressed when they hang out with the ones they love.

On average, people hang out with three friends at a time but 24% plan for more guests in a group, the poll found.

While having a good time doesn’t necessarily mean having a night out on the town, 45% of adults are happy to stay in, with 42% opting to play games, do DIY activities (38%) or catch up on TV shows/movies (36%).

The research also indicated the types of topics people like to talk about when catching up with friends. Fifty-two percent spend time gossiping about life and 57% end up having intelligent conversations.

Other themes that arise during convos include memories (39%), major life changes (37%) and TV shows/movies (36%).

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