More friends made at work than school
10 August 2012 10:24
Most people believe they have made more friends at work than at school or university, according to new research.
In a survey of 2,000 adults by the mobile phone company O2, almost one third of participants said they had made most of their friends through the workplace, whilst only one in four said school and just one in 10 said university or higher education.
It is thought that the long hours spent in the workplace coupled with activities such as team building exercises are important factors in building relationships in at work.
David Johnson, from O2, said: "The workplace is where we spend a lot of our time, so it's bound to be the place that large numbers of friendships are made.
"But we know our colleagues as well as, and in some cases better than, friends made in other parts of our lives. The use of mobiles in the workplace has also contributed to this closeness - as mobile numbers are shared and therefore used for personal banter, which is forging friendlier relationships."
Copyright Press Association 2012