Moreland and Beach (1992) demonstrated this by exposing a college class to four women (similar in appearance and age) who attended different numbers of classes, revealing that the more classes a woman attended, the more familiar, similar, and attractive she was considered by the other students.
There is a certain comfort in knowing what to expect from others; consequently research suggests that we like what is familiar.
It also explores how the Internet influences how we meet people and develop deep relationships.
Finally, this module will examine social support and how this can help many through the hardest times and help make the best times even better.
What is interesting about that notion is when people are asked to describe the basic necessities for life—people will most often say food, water, and shelter, but seldom do people list “close relationships” in the top three.
Yet time and time again, research has demonstrated that we are social creatures and we need others to survive and thrive.
Proximity allows people the opportunity to get to know one other and discover their similarities—all of which can result in a friendship or intimate relationship.Proximity is not just about geographic distance, but rather functional distance, or the frequency with which we cross paths with others.For example, college students are more likely to become closer and develop relationships with people on their dorm-room floors because they see them (i.e., cross paths) more often than they see people on a different floor.Why is it that when bad things happen, we frequently want to talk to our friends or family about the situation?Though these are difficult questions to answer because relationships are complicated and unique, this module will examine how relationships begin; the impact of technology on relationships; and why coworkers, acquaintances, friends, family, and intimate partners are so important in our lives. Or decide that the friend of a friend was not likable?Durkheim argued that being socially connected is imperative to achieving personal well-being.