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2011-01-20 10:36:45

Married people may think they communicate well with their partners, but psychologists have found that they don't always convey messages to their loved ones as well as they think "” and in some cases, the spouses communicate no better than strangers. The same communication problem also is true with close friends, a recent study has found. "People commonly believe that they communicate better with close friends than with strangers. That closeness can lead people to overestimate how well...

2011-01-06 07:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost all new year's resolutions have to do with a search for happiness, health and success - the simple, all in one solution is your circle of friends. Research has proven that friendship increases not only quality of life, but longevity. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110106/SF25339LOGO) GirlFriendCircles.com, the only online community that matches new friends online for offline friendships by connecting women in local...

2010-11-19 10:02:58

Contrary to expectations, new evidence shows that unrelated male macaques in the wild form close and stable social partnerships with select males in their groups. Although the degree of emotional attachment obviously can't be measured, those relationships resemble human friendship, according to researchers who report their findings online on Nov. 18 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. What's more, it appears the motivation for those males to maintain close ties with other males is...

2010-10-28 21:54:27

Race may not be as important as previously thought in determining who buddies up with whom, suggests a new UCLA"“Harvard University study of American college students on the social networking site Facebook. "Sociologists have long maintained that race is the strongest predictor of whether two Americans will socialize," said Andreas Wimmer, the study's lead author and a sociologist at UCLA. "But we've found that birds of a feather don't always flock together. Whom you get to know in...

2010-10-26 08:30:00

CINCINNATI, Oct. 26, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- While fatherhood is a major developmental period for all men, a recent study reveals the extent to which younger fathers have a more difficult time transitioning into the role, specifically as it relates to maintaining their health and friendships. In a survey of 1,000 fathers, conducted by Kelton Research for the online destination for dads, Man of the House, nearly four in 10 (38%) dads say that it has become more difficult for them to maintain...

2010-10-19 16:51:08

In the United States, friends often share intimate details of their lives and problems. However, such self-disclosure is much less common in Japan. A new study by an American researcher living in Japan finds that this may be because of the different social systems in the two countries, and in particular the extent to which there are opportunities to make new friends. "At first, it seemed strange that in Japan, people didn't open up and share a lot about themselves with each other," says...

2010-08-25 13:27:21

Study examines methods college students use to avoid risky situations College students are less likely to let their female friends engage in risky sexual behavior after a night of drinking alcohol. Recent findings in the journal Communication Education examine how and why college students protect their friends who have been heavily drinking. Three quarters of the study's participants reported that they would not take risks when it comes to making sure a female friend is safe while under the...

2010-08-17 09:34:00

JERICHO, N.Y., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Friendship Dairies, renowned purveyor of high-quality cottage cheese and sour cream, launches a fully-integrated advertising campaign designed to convey the delicious all natural ingredients for which Friendship is known. In the campaign, Friendship Dairies is taking a novel approach for a food brand by not actually showing the food in the ads. Instead, the creative will feature containers of cottage cheese that have already been devoured, with...

2010-08-16 15:30:38

Internet is especially important for bringing together same-sex couples, and may soon replace friends as the prime way all Americans meet their romantic partners Adults who have Internet access at home are much more likely to be in romantic relationships than adults without Internet access, according to research to be presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. "Although prior research on the social impacts of Internet use has been rather ambiguous about...

2010-06-08 11:46:06

Contrary to popular belief, the ups and downs of romantic relationships have a greater effect on the mental health of young men than women, according to a new study by a Wake Forest University sociology professor. In the study of more than 1,000 unmarried young adults between the ages of 18 and 23, Wake Forest Professor of Sociology Robin Simon challenges the long-held assumption that women are more vulnerable to the emotional rollercoaster of relationships. Even though men sometimes try to...

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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