It’s a tough question, and like Carol Vorderman and co found out, it’s hard to come up with a definitive answer.
However, sorry to be the bearer of bad news ladies, but most boys and girls can’t be ‘just friends’.
You know that one male friend you have? The shoulder you cry on when times are tough, the one who you think has no sexual interest in you whatsoever? Well he is a liar, and he has thought about being more than just friends. A lot.
How do I know? Because I’m a man and we’re all the same.
There’s a reason When Harry Met Sally is the best rom-com ever, and that’s because it’s the only one that is even slightly accurate.
Harry was adamant that men and women can’t be just friends because sex is too big an obstacle, Sally was adamant he was wrong.
Well… turns out Harry was right.
I did some research on the matter to back-up my opinion and right away I found a recent survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin.
It asked 88 sets of young male and female friends to rate their attraction to one another – it found that men were more likely to be attracted to female friends than the other way round.
It pretty much means that given half a chance, men would jump at the opportunity to have sex with their female friends.
This is, however, entirely from a man’s perspective – I have no idea what a woman’s view is on the issue, but I’ve been to that place that can only be referred to as hell on Earth – ‘the friend zone’ – enough times to establish that girls do know how to distance themselves from anything more than friendship if need be.
Men are the problem here.
Unfortunately, we don’t always think with our heads and usually follow another part of our anatomy more often than not – and for that I can only apologise.
*EDITOR’S NOTE: Read the female perspective on whether men and women can ever be just friends here*