The Plight of Platonic Relationships

  • Aired:  11/08/12
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Men are much more attracted to their female friends than vice versa -- and also more attracted to female acquaintances, female strangers and pictures of women on billboards. (4:32)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

SO FOLKS, I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT A MATTER OF THE HEART.

NOT THE HIDEOUS ONE, I'M SURE YOU CAN ALL HEAR BEATING BENEATH THE FLOORBOARDS OF MY STUD CROP.

NO I HAVE LEARNED TO IGNORE THAT.

YOU HEAR ME YOU VULTURE EYED MAN NOT REMORSE!

NO, FOLKS, I'M TALKING ABOUT A NEW STUDY THAT LOOKS AT MALE-FEMALE FRIENDS OR PLATONIC RELATIONSHIPS.

NAME FOR THE GREEK PHILOSOPHER PLATO BECAUSE ARE YOU NEVER GOING TO GET LAID TALKING ABOUT GREEK PHILOSOPHY.

NOW ACCORDING TO SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, RESEARCHERS FOUND EVIDENCE THAT MEN AND WOMEN

CAN'T BE JUST FRIENDS.

CONFIRMING RESULTS FIRST PUBLISHED DECADES AGO IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF WHEN

HARRY MET SALLIE.

NOW THE SCIENTISTS INTERVIEWED 88 PAIRS OF PLATONIC FRIENDS AND SEPARATELY ASKED THE MEN AND

WOMEN IF THEY HAD ANY ROMANTIC FEETING ITS.

AND IT TURNS OUT MEN WERE MUCH MORE ATTRACTED TO THEIR FEMALE FRIENDS THEN VICEA VERSA.

THEY ALSO FOUND THAT MEN WERE ALSO MORE ATTRACTED TO FEMALE ACQUAINTANCE, FEMALE

STRANGERS THEY SAW ON THE STREET, PICTURES OF WOMEN ON BILLBOARDS, SEARS CATALOGS

AND PARTICULARLY PLUMP COUCH CUSHONS.

(APPLAUSE) ITS SCOTCH GUARDED, IT'S FINE.

(LAUGHTER) AND THERE IS EVEN-- AND THERE IS EVEN MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE GUYS.

BECAUSE APPARENTLY MALES ASSUME THAT ANY ROMANTIC ATTRACTION THEY EXPERIENCE WAS MUTUAL.

AND WERE BLIND TO THE ACTUAL LEVEL OF ROMANTIC INTEREST FELT BY THEIR FEMALE FRIENDS.

WOMEN TOO WERE BLIND BECAUSE FEMALES GENERALLY WERE NOT ATTRACTED TO THEIR FEEL

FRIENDS AND THEY ASSUMED THIS LACK OF ATTRACTION WAS MUTUAL.

NOW FOLKS THIS NEWS HAS GOT TO BE HARD TO TAKE FOR A LOT OF MALE-FEMALE FRIENDS.

PARTICULARLY THE FRIENDLY FRIENDS OVER AT FOX AND FRIENDS.

BECAUSE IT'S PRETTY CLEAR THAT STEVE DUCEY AND THE BROWN HAIRED GUY WHO IS NOT STEVE DOOCY HAVE BEEN

CRUSHING ON GRETCHEN FOR YEARS.

I MEAN WHY ELSE ARE THEY ALWAYS JUST STARING DUMBLY AND BABBLING.

BUT GUISE, YOU HAVE GOT TO FACE IT, GRETCHEN HAS NO AFFECTION FOR YOU.

OR FROM THE LOOKS OF IT, ANYTHING ELSE.

SO FOLKS, GIVEN THIS NEW STUDY, I HAVE SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO THE 700,000 FEMALE VIEWERS OF MY SHOW.

LOOK, DON'T WORRY, THERE'S NO RO PLAN PARTICULAR INTEREST ON MY PART, OKAY.

JUST LIKE YOU, APPARENTLY.

WE'RE JUST FRIENDS.

BEST FRIENDS.

I JUST LOVE STAYING UP LATE EVERY NIGHT WITH YOU, YOU KNOW, TALKING ABOUT THINGS,

YOU KNOW.

LIKE FRIENDS DO RIGHT BEFORE THEY GO TO BED.

AND I HAVE NEVER IMAGINED THAT AT ANY MOMENT BETWEEN STOLEN GLANCES THIS COULD TURN INTO SOMETHING VERY REAL.

VERY SPECIAL, SOMETHING HONEST THAT WOULD CHANGE OUR LIVES FOREVER.

(LAUGHTER) AND WHEN YOU AREN'T LOOKING I DON'T STAIR AT THE NAME OF YOUR NECK AND IMAGINE

RUNNING MY FINGERS ACROSS IT.

AND I DEFINITELY DON'T IMAGINE YOU ARCHING YOUR BACK AND WHISPERING MY NAME.

(LAUGHTER) I MEAN WHERE DO YOU GET THOSE IDEAS?

YOU HAVE GOT A LIVELY IMAGINATION 700,000 WOMEN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) I'M SORRY, I JUST GOT SOMETHING IN MY EYE.

LET ME JUST GET IT OUT AND AND-- EXTINGUISH IT FOREVER.

THERE YOU GO.

ANYWAY, MOVING ON.

WHAT, DID YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL?

OH, OH, OH, YOU MET A GUY AT WORK.

THAT IS GREAT!

I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU.

I MEAN YOU DESERVE A NICE GUY.

ANY GUY WOULD BE LUCKY TO BE WITH YOU.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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