Archive for June, 2007

Friends wanted

June 23, 2007 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

A recent ad on Craig’s list read: Female Friends -40’s (santa clara) Reply to: [email protected] Date: 2007-06-20, 10:18AM PDT Looking for active, dependable, female friends (40’s) for occasional walks (about 5 miles) at a local park in Santa Clara. Given the time constraints women face and the power of the internet, this advertisement sounded like […]

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On the tube: When good friends go bad

June 23, 2007 | By | Reply Continue Reading

My niece, Amy, emailed me on her lunch hour earlier this afternoon to tell me that she had caught Tyra’s Bank’s TV show that focused on the topic, When Good Friends Go Bad. Thanks, Amy! If you, like me, missed the show, you may want to take a peek at the recap on Tyra’s website […]

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Friendship: Black, white and shades of gray

June 20, 2007 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

When it comes to social networking sites, like Facebook or MySpace, things are largely black or white, says blogger Nancy Baym. On her blog, Online fandom, Baym remarks: “One of the great shortcomings of social network sites as they currently exist is that almost all of them offer you only one kind of friend. It’s […]

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Social networking: His and Hers

June 19, 2007 | By | Reply Continue Reading

A report of the Pew Internet & American Life Project looked at online friendships among American youth between the ages of 12 and 17. One of many interesting findings: There were gender differences in the ways the sites were used. Girls used them to reinforce existing friendships; boys used them to flirt and make new […]

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On the blogosphere: When Friendship is Risky Business

June 16, 2007 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Outlandish Notions is an interesting blog that touches upon many of the emotional landmines women encounter as they struggle and cope with infertility. A recent post, called Continuing the Conversation on Friendship, expresses the author’s fears about revealing such an intimate problem even to close friends. Sharah writes: “Infertility is like a litmus test for […]

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Teen Best Friends on the Wane?

June 16, 2007 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Preliminary findings of a British study suggest that today’s teens are far less likely to have a best friend than teens of twenty years ago. In 1986, one in eight 16-year-olds said they had NO best friend whom they trusted; in 2006, that proportion rose to one in five…The author of a study of Youth […]

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Reel Jane’s Favorite Friendship Flicks

June 14, 2007 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

I asked Jane Louise Boursaw, a freelance journalist who specializes in movies and television, to recommend her favorite flicks portraying female friendships. She has created a wonderful list of movies that reveal the depth and richness of these bonds.   If you haven’t seen one or more of them, rent one with a friend, sit […]

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Putting a price on friendship

June 12, 2007 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

A new study puts an economic price on friendship.

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Hard-wired for friendship?

June 7, 2007 | By | Reply Continue Reading

The More Social Sex, an article in Newsweek written by Anna Kuchment, suggests that our female friendships are evolutionary. In times of famine and war—while men were hunting and defending—women stayed back, providing each other with material and emotional support. It made me wonder: As more women have entered the workplace, have some of us […]

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The Bridal Wave

An interview with Valerie Krause June weddings are legend. A better-kept secret is that this is also a month of hurt feelings— a month when many brides and brides-to-be cut off their female friends. Yes, they ignore and alienate the very same women who made their showers, wore the hideous bridesmaid gowns they selected, and […]

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