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Conceived I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction designed the experiments: Performed the experiments: Analyzed the data: BJG DF. Wrote the paper: Friends play important roles throughout our lives by providing expressive, instrumental, and companionate support. We examined seekking orientation, gender, and age differences in the number of friends people can rely on for expressive, instrumental, and companionate support.

Additionally, we examined the extent to which people relied on same-gender versus cross-gender friends for these types of support.

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Sexual orientation differences in number of same-gender and cross-gender friends were generally small or non-existent, and satisfaction with friends was equally important to French lick IN adult personals life satisfaction for all groups.

Watisfaction adult gay and bisexual men, and alternatjve some extent bisexual women and older bisexual men, did not conform to gendered expectations that people affiliate primarily with their own gender.

Friends play a critical role in enhancing life satisfaction and psychological well-being [ 1 ].

The goal of this study was to investigate satisafction sexual orientation was related to friendship patterns in a diverse U. We examined whether gay, lesbian, and bisexual GLB individuals reported more friends than heterosexuals and whether they were less likely than heterosexuals to engage in friendships defined by gender homophily i.

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Thus, we examine the extent to which GLB individuals conform to traditional gendered expectations for close friendships. We also explore whether these friendships are more important for GLB individuals than their heterosexual counterparts.

The first objective of this research Housewives looking sex tonight Perry Park Kentucky to examine if sexual orientation was associated with number of friends.

There has been an upsurge in research on how close friendship relates to the well-being of gay men frindship lesbians, while bisexual friendship research remains conspicuously absent [ 3 — 4 ]. Much of this research has emphasized the importance of close friendships for gay men and lesbians because they I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction at a greater risk for developing adverse mental health outcomes xex to their heterosexual counterparts [ 25 ] and friendship may mitigate risks to mental health [ 6 — 7 ].

Gay men and lesbians in particular receive more substantial social support from friends than heterosexual men and women [ 58 ]. The importance of friendship among lesbians, gay men, and bisexual men and women can be substantiated by minority stress theory [ 2 ].

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Since prior research indicates that close friendships help Girls look for fuck 37877 individuals foster a sense of identity [ 10 — 12 ], it is understandable that sexual minorities may not only want more friends, but need more friends i.

Some research has suggested I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction gay and lesbian individuals have more friends than heterosexuals [ 13 ], but less is known about bisexuals. Because of this stigmatizing nature of biphobia, bisexual men and women may find it more difficult to form and maintain friendship ties. In this study, we focus on three types of friendship: Much past research has simply asked people how many friends they have [ 14 ], but here we wanted to explore specific operationalizations of these friendship types.

Therefore, we asked respondents how many people they could call or text if they found themselves in trouble late at night. We wanted I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction explore a specific aspect of expressiveness, however, that may differ from typical gendered patterns: Discussion of personal matters with friends, specifically sex-related topics, is characteristic of close and emotionally intimate friendships [ 18 ].

It is unknown whether GLB individuals are more comfortable discussing their sex lives than Portsmouth online sex chat individuals.

Sexual minorities have far fewer positive media representations of same-gender sexuality [ 19 ], and thus relying on friends for discussions of sexuality may take on greater importance.

The second I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction of our study was to examine if gender homophily—a well-established phenomenon in heterosexual friendships—exists to a lesser degree among GLB men and women. Gay men and lesbians already do not conform to traditional gendered expectations for romantic relationships, and may be more comfortable transgressing against gendered expectations for friendship [ 24 ].

There is a stereotype that gay men and heterosexual women frequently pair together for friendships and this I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction possible, in part, due to the supposed asexual nature of these friendships [ 25 — 26 ]. Heterosexual women tend to express less prejudice than heterosexual men towards gay men [ 27 ], and thus cross-gender friendship for gay men may provide an opportunity for a larger social support network.

Housewives wants hot sex Bull Run with this proposal, past research has found that heterosexual women are more likely than heterosexual men to report having gay male friends who have come out to them [ 28 ].

Indeed, Meyer [ 2 ] notes that any group solidarity can contribute to positive mental health. We derived the following hypotheses based on the existing literature:.

Hypothesis 1: Sexual orientation would be associated with number of friends. We hypothesized that heterosexual participants would report fewer friends than gay men, lesbians, and bisexual men and women, but the effect size might be larger between heterosexual vs.

GL than heterosexual vs. We did not expect an interaction between gender and sexual orientation i. Hypothesis 2: Homophily would be more pronounced among heterosexual men and women than among GLB men and women.

Hypothesis 3: Friendship satisfaction and number of friends would be more strongly linked to life satisfaction for GLB men and women than for heterosexual men and women. The present study is based on secondary analyses of an anonymous survey posted on the official website of NBC News formerly msnbc.

As such, the present research was deemed exempt from Institutional Review Board review. The survey software denied multiple submissions from any given computer.

All relevant data have been included as S1 Dataset. Market research on NBCNews.

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Its 58 million unique monthly visitors include a broad diversity of people in the country in terms of age, income, and political orientation [ 30 ]. Note that msnbc. Data garnered through this site have been used successfully for various examinations of elements of body dissatisfaction, sexuality, and close I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction [ 31 — 33 ].

Data on Beautiful housewives searching dating Birmingham Alabama number of individuals who clicked the link to start the eseking but did not complete were not available to the research team. The 25, participants who completed the survey consisted of 11, heterosexual men, bisexual men, gay men, lesbian women, bisexual women, and 11, heterosexual women.

I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction average age for the sample was Variation in age and other sample characteristics I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction sexual orientation are presented in Table 1.

Common superscripts indicate non-significant differences. Same-gender and cross-gender friendships were assessed through three items. For the options with ranges, the participant was given the midpoint score e. We calculated homophily for friendship type expressiveinstrumentalcompanionate by taking the number of same-gender friends for each participant and subtracting the number of cross-gender friends for each participant.

Educational status was an ordinal Adult finder Des Moines. In regression analyses, nonmarried individuals were coded as 0 and married individuals were coded as 1. For regression analyses, respondents without children were coded as 0 and those with children were coded as 1.

Our large sample size enabled us to detect even miniscule effects when using the full sample of participants. Therefore, in addition to reporting statistical significance, we also attend to effect size. The predictors can either be categorical variables e. To test Hypothesis 1, that there would be sexual orientation differences in number of friends, we conducted a series of regression analyses with gender, sexual orientation, the interaction between gender and sexual orientation, demographic variables, and the two-way interactions between I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction variables with gender and with sexual orientation, for each of the friendship types the full set of interactions were not conducted because they would have spliced the GLB participant groups into unacceptably small subsamples.

Table 2 presents the test of Hypothesis 1, including interactions between gender and sexual orientation. Multicollinearity was not an issue in any analysis VIFs were below 5. Separate OLS regressions examining the predictors of number of same-gender and cross-gender friends are shown e. The reference groups for dummy coded variables were: The predictors were entered simultaneously. Thus, in contrast to our hypotheses, there were no substantial differences between heterosexual participants and GLB participants when controlling for other variables.

Overall, most groups showed some degree of homophily. Looking at average number of friends, most groups reported between 0. Statistical significance is based on the results of paired-samples t -tests. A positive effect size indicates that participants reported having more same-gender than cross-gender friends in that group.

To test Hypothesis 2 regarding sexual orientation differences in homophily, we conducted a series of regression analyses with each of the homophily measures as the outcome variable Table 4. In these regressions, a positive beta value means that people scoring higher on predictor variables report relatively more same-gender than cross-gender friends than people scoring lower on the predictor variables.

When looking at the sexual orientation comparisons, a positive beta I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction indicate I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction GLB participants reported more same-gender friends than heterosexual participants reference groupwhereas a negative beta would indicate that GLB participants reported fewer same-gender friends than heterosexual participants.

Separate OLS regressions examining the predictors Real adult dating Pritchett Colorado homophily are shown. Positive betas indicate that higher scores on the predictor are related to higher greater homophily e. The few that were significant were relatively small.

There was a notable association of age with homophily, with homophily becoming less pronounced among older participants.

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Overall, women showed greater homophily than satisfactiion for talking about sex life. There were a number of interactions, however, between age and sexual orientation and between age and gender. For each group, we show the mean number of same-gender and cross-gender friends with whom participants could discuss their sex lives Fig 1could call or text if they are in trouble late at night Fig 2and could frindship to do something to fgiendship their birthday Fig 3.

The magnitude of the difference in number of same-gender vs. Looking at the magnitude of mean differences in same-gender vs. The only groups that did not report more same-gender than cross-gender friends were Nudist seeking another adult gay men and young adult bisexual men.

Adult bisexual men also did not consistently exhibit homophily by gender, reporting more same-gender than cross-gender friends on only one of the three friendship variables. The findings were partially consistent with the hypothesis that homophily by gender would be less common among friedship, lesbian, and bisexual men and women than among heterosexual men sdx women. Finally, to test Hypothesis 3, we examined the extent Adult looking nsa Weeksbury which number of friends and friendship satisfaction were linked to life satisfaction for each group.

We first conducted a regression analysis with the full sample, with follow-up regression analyses for each of the six gender I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction sexual orientation groups. The VIFs for all analyses I m seeking friendship and alternative sex satisfaction smaller than 5.

We hypothesized that friendship satisfaction and number of friends would be stronger predictors of life satisfaction for gay men, lesbians, and bisexual men and women than for heterosexual participants.

Separate OLS regressions examining the predictors of life satisfaction are shown for the overall sample and friendsship for each specific gender by sexual orientation grouping.