Society seems to have a hierarchy for love: parental > romantic > friendship
However, friendship seems to be demonstrably the most important love in our lives: It is highly correlated with health and happiness.
Friendships are getting more important as more people choose to live without children and also detach from their parents.
Friendships are chosen: we have no obligation to keep them, differently from romantic of family relationships
Friends have shared identity, family has shared blood, lovers have shared attraction.
Friends are usually more similar to each other than lovers.
Friends are usually more open, truthful, and relaxed than lovers.
Romantic relationship, especially heterosexual, has a natural cognitive cost of two "different" minds trying to find harmony. With same-sex friends, the barrier to communication is lower. The perspective towards life is generally more similar.
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