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It's Official: You Lose Friends When You Start Dating

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Ever have a close friend who disappeared off the radar as soon as they got into a relationship? Well, the research is in, and apparently the cost of romance means losing at least two close friends:

Falling in love comes at the cost of losing close friends, because romantic partners absorb time that would otherwise be invested in platonic relationships, researchers say.

A new partner pushes out two close friends on average, leaving lovers with a smaller inner circle of people they can turn to in times of crisis, a study found.

The research, led by Robin Dunbar, head of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University, showed that men and women were equally likely to lose their closest friends when they started a new relationship.