More than 10 per cent of women would dump a partner if their Friends didn't approve of them.
And two fifths admit that they need their Friends approval before they continue with the relationship.
A newly launched double dating website has conducted a study with 1,193 single women across the UK in a bid to discover how important their friend’s approval is when they start dating a new partner.
The research, conducted by www.datewithamate.com, initially asked the respondents if they needed their friends approval when they started dating a new person, to which more than two fifths answered ‘yes’.
According to the research 12 per cent of the respondents would end a new relationship that they had stared if their friends didn’t approve. However, just 8 per cent of the respondents said that they would end a new relationship if their mum didn’t approve.
The respondents to the study were asked if a Friendship had ever ended as a result of one of the friends not approving of the others new partner, to which 14 per cent said ‘yes’. Subsequently, more than 1 in 5 of the respondents said that they felt ‘nervous’ when introducing a new spouse to their friends for the first time.
The majority of the respondents stated that it was important to them that their friends ‘approved’ of their new relationship. However in contrast, just 59 per cent of the respondents said that they believed it was important that their new partners friends like them.
Speaking about the findings, Luke Pomaro, founder of datewithamate.com, said the following:
“As we are still pretty new to the industry we wanted to really get to know our target market and felt that this study was a sure way to do it. As a double dating website we were confident that a friend’s approval on a new partner would be important, however I am shocked that women would actually end a new relationship based purely on their friend’s disapproval.”
He continued: “I appreciate the importance of a friend’s approval, however I don’t believe it is that important that if a friend doesn’t approve the relationship should be ended. The grounds of a healthy relationship are ultimately down to the two people directly involved in it and as long as they are happy together that should be all that matters.”