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The best friends you know are often your closest friends and the people you interact with most in everyday life, new research suggests.

This is because we all have friends, and the best friendships tend to be our closest friends, say researchers at University of Queensland in Australia and the University of Melbourne.

In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers looked at the relationships of 2,000 Australians aged 18 and over.

They found the people who shared most friends were in fact the same as those who had the lowest levels of trust in friends.

This means they were the same people they knew best in the first place.

“If you think of friendship as a relationship between people, your relationship with someone is like a relationship with a child or spouse,” said lead researcher Dr Sarah Ainsworth from the University’s School of Social Sciences.

“Your relationship with them is an extension of who they are.”

The researchers also found that the relationships people had with friends were not just about who they liked.

For example, the relationships between friends were also influenced by how much they cared for and cared for someone else.

“People who were close with people who had low levels of friendliness were more likely to have lower levels of friendship than people who were friends with people with high levels of friendship,” Dr Ains, said.

“For instance, a person who was close with a person with low levels on trust in friendship was more likely than someone who was friends with someone with high level trust in friendliness to have a friend less trustworthy than their own.”

It seems the relationships are based on trust, so if you’re friends with your friend who is friendless, you are probably going to be friends with them.

“That means that your relationship is more likely be based on mutual trust, which is why you’re more likely not to have someone more trustworthy than you,” Dr Anstey said.

How do you know when a friendship is strong?

The researchers did not look at how often friends shared their deepest, darkest secrets or when they took a hard line on an issue.

They only looked at how close friends were to each other, so they did not include friendships between friends who were distant or in other friendships.

“This makes it hard to say whether a friendship will be strong or not because the relationships we observe are probably based on the people we know,” Dr Ana said.

She said people were less likely to be close with their own friends than with their closest friends.

“We’re finding that the people closest to you tend to share more than those who are further away, but this is not necessarily the case with friends.”

Dr Ana believes that the research showed that friends were more important to a person than the friendship they shared.

“In general, people are much more likely in general to want to have friendships than to be in close relationships, so friends and close friends are important to people,” she said.

However, she cautioned people to be careful about using the data in a way that could be interpreted as saying friendship is good, or that it’s better to have friends than not to.

Dr Ana also pointed out that the data did not account for friendships that were made in secret, or were only about close relationships.

“There are a lot of people who don’t share friendships in their personal lives, so that may have an impact on how people perceive their friendship,” she added.

The researchers say that the findings may help to address a lack of trust between people.

“What we’re finding is that trust is an important driver of friendship, and there’s no reason that friendship should be considered a virtue,” Dr Anna said.

The study is the first of its kind, and it was conducted by researchers from the Queensland School of Psychology, University of Victoria, and University of New South Wales.

They also studied social media profiles of 2.4 million people and found that friendship was strongly related to other types of relationships.

The results were published in PLOS One.

Topics: friendship, psychology, community-and-society, community_and-multiculturalism, friendship, australia

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