During an experiment at the Emmanuel College in Boston a number of male and female students were asked to judge the relationship with their same-sex room mates.
The participants in the research were also confronted with several fictitious situations where a friend was misbehaving.
After gauging the reactions the researchers concluded that in general women are less tolerant of one another than men.
The results were published in the American journal Psychological Science.
The women who were questioned told researchers more often that they were having problems with their room mates whereas the men usually described the same relationships as ‘pleasant’ or ‘without problems’. Another conclusion was that the women were quicker to consider finding new room mates.
During one of the assignments that were part of the experiment the test persons were asked to judge a member of the same sex who had misbehaved on one occasion after a long relationship without any serious problems.
The person who misbehaved was criticised badly immediately by the women while the men were less offended.
Chief researcher Joyce Benenson is looking for the explanation to her findings in the difference between male and female friendships. She told the British Daily Telegraph
that there is a possibility that for women negative information is more important because it harms the intimacy in a relationship.
According to Benenson this aspect of friendship relationships is more important between women than men.