MILLIONS of Brits “can’t stand” their own friends – because they are too high maintenance or have no shared interests, a study has found.
Differing opinions, lifestyles and sense of humour mean 45 per cent have “frenemies” in their friendship circle – people they socialise with but don’t really like.
And more than four in ten respondents admitted they have at least one mate they see regularly that they can’t stand.
It also emerged one in four of those who took part don’t like their partner’s friends, with 18 per cent saying it has led to rows with their other half.
The study was commissioned by TV channel Lifetime to mark Real Housewives’ Tuesdays, featuring episodes of top US reality shows Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.
Lifetime channel director Koulla Anastasi said: “It is quite surprising to see so many people struggle to get along with others in their own friendship group.
“You can end up socialising with people you wouldn’t usually choose as a friend, perhaps through work, friends-of-friends or through your partner.
“And as these survey results show, it means you regularly have to meet up with people you may not consider to be real friends.”
The study of 2,000 UK adults found the average Brit has 16 friends and acquaintances – which includes three they don’t like, or struggle to get on with.
Simply having ‘nothing in common’ is the most popular reason for not getting on with a mate, followed by the other person being ‘too bossy or controlling’ or having different opinions.
Other reasons include: how they behave when they have been drinking; being let down by them in the past; and, topically, their political affiliations.
Work colleagues are most likely to be the people we struggle to get on with, followed by a friend of a friend and our partner’s mates.
One in four respondents admit they have openly told a friend they don’t really like them.
Almost half have had rows with a pal because they struggled to get on with them, with another 50 per cent going as far as trying to phase someone out of their friendship group as a result of their dislike.
The study also found 43 per cent have friends who often involve a lot of drama, with two thirds of those saying they are tired of getting caught up in it all.
Three in ten even said there is often jealousy among their circle of friends and 17 per cent reckon this has gone on to cause problems in their friendships.
Relationships is the biggest cause of envy between friends, followed by money, other friendships, their appearance and their home.
The research by OnePoll.com, also revealed the top 20 modern rules of friendship with never giving away your mate’s secrets at number one.
Other modern rules of friendship include replying to messages as soon as possible, helping them to get out of a bad date and not tagging them in pictures on social media without their approval.
* Catch Real Housewives every Tuesday at 9pm, followed by Vanderpump Rules at 10pm. FIRST on TV only on Lifetime (Sky 156, Virgin 208/209, BT 329; TalkTalk 329).
Earlier this year we told how a woman hid her incurable cancer from friends for EIGHT years to avoid being treated differently by pals before announcing it on Facebook.
Last month we revealed Brits spend nearly £800 A YEAR attending friends’ weddings – but most of us still see it as an “honour” to be invited.
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