Our Best Friend's Pregnancy Can Influence Our Decision On Having A Family Too, According To Study

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A new study showed that the pregnancy of our friends could influence our decision to start a family.

Our Best Friend's Pregnancy Can Influence Our Decision On Having A Family Too, According To Study

A new study showed that the pregnancy of our friends could influence our decision to start a family. Does this mean that pregnancy is contagious? What happens when our best friend becomes pregnant?


Well, people say that you need to know how to choose your best friends. You also need to be careful as not only can they convince you to drink at a party or stay up late at home, friends can also influence you in all aspects of your life; according to a study, published in the American Association of Sociology, friends can even affect your decision on starting a family.


Nicoletta Balbo, a doctor at the University of Bocconi, Italy and Nicola Barban, a sociologist at the University of Groningen, conducted the study. In the research, they found that if a friendship between two women is already long enough and one becomes pregnant, the likelihood of the other becoming pregnant increases significantly.


1,700 American women, who had been friends from 15 to 30 years, participated in the study. Their behaviors were compared with the women who identified themselves as their friends from school.


Out of the 820 total pregnancies of the participants, the average age for having kids was in 27 years. It was also observed that they demonstrated similar characteristics with their friends.


53 percent of intentional pregnancies were analyzed, and it was observed that women compared themselves with their friends who were already mothers and felt pressure to have children too.


Balbo noted that these decisions aren't only influenced by personal characteristics and tastes, but also by society. Of course, this is not a rule, as, fortunately, some people stick to their own beliefs and desires.

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