Off Topic Video: Why Men and Women Cannot Be Friends

I recently stumbled across this video shot at the Utah State library, exploring the question of whether or not women and men can be “just friends.”Ā  In a nutshell the answer is “no,” mostly because guys always have their eyes on the prize, and the prize isn’t a gossip session over vanilla latte’s. Sorry ladies!

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51 Comments on “Off Topic Video: Why Men and Women Cannot Be Friends”

  1. johnking82
    December 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    As a researcher, the study was a little biased unless Utah is full of nothing but attractive females. I found this video pretty funny, but truly, the answer, from a guy, is no.

    • December 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      I agree John and I can only say that I wish I went to school there.

      That, or Mormon girls are hot.

      • December 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

        Look at the interviewer! He wasn’t too shabby either. No wonder he got the pretty girls on camera.

        • johnking82
          December 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

          He was an attractive fella.

        • Jeff
          December 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

          I don’t wanna sound like a queer or nuthin’…but I’d hit it.

      • December 9, 2011 at 11:10 am #

        I am an alumni of Brigham Young university (BYU) in Provo, Utah and I can confirm this fact: Mormon girls are hot

        • December 9, 2011 at 11:21 am #

          At least on the outside… šŸ˜¦

        • December 9, 2011 at 11:40 am #

          Very true. Many of them demonstrate an aptitude that suggests they have two brain cells, and they are fighting (something about that Utah/Mormon branded close-mindedness; I’m sure Don encounters his own fair share of it in Idaho). And of course, nothing is a bigger turn off than when a girl tells you that you are going to hell for drinking a beer.

          Note: Not all mormon women are like this, and I am not just saying this because I am afraid my mormon friends will be trolling your blog. Pretty sure none of them will be trolling

        • December 9, 2011 at 11:46 am #

          NOTHING worse than a Mormon Troll!

          Except maybe a Natty Light one…

  2. December 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    First impression – that guy looks like Billy Broas from

    And this is exactly why Girls Pint Out started….girls wanted to drink beer and just focus on the beer without worrying if the guys we were out with were thinking about hooking up. šŸ˜‰

    • December 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      I thought of Billy too!

    • johnking82
      December 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

      Wrong. Beer and hooking up don’t mix well together.

      • December 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

        Except for the entire history of men and women forever, I agree wholeheartedly with that statement, John.

  3. tronto
    December 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    I disagree, I have plenty of “girlfriends” that I’m just friends with. The key is, you just can’t be attracted to them, then it’s a problem.

    • December 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

      So all of your truly platonic female friends are trolls?

      • oliver klosoff
        December 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

        That is correct. And we don’t want to be seen with them in public. Insert Moped joke.

    • December 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

      I agree to some degree, but I’m really fickle when it comes to women. I have to actually be emotionally and physically attracted to them to consider getting physical. Of course I’m probably in the 1% here. Great. Not the rich 1%, the platonic 1%!

      • December 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm #


        • December 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

          Yes, the 99%er’s should protest my high standards when it comes to women!!

      • Matthew
        December 10, 2011 at 4:43 am #

        Please allow me to introduce you to ladder theory:

        In this instance it’s basically saying that the women you’re saying you wouldn’t “get physical” with are just because they’re lower on your ladder than those you already have. However, in your deepest, darkest hour of need, you’d still go there.

  4. tronto
    December 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Yes or married… Also just b/c a women isn’t attractive to me doesn’t mean she’s not gorgeous to another guy. Sooo not neccesarily trolls just not my type. Trying to think if I have any “girlfriends” on here. Don’t want to get in trouble.

    • December 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      Being attracted to someone isn’t just about the looks. I fell in love with my husband because he’s awesome. I made fun of him for the first month I knew him for being a ringer for Todd McShay. I think that if you are platonic friends, the attraction will develop over time and it’s not based soley on looks. Those girls in the video probably thought everything was cool with their guy friends until 6-8 months into the friendship and the guy pulls a “I’m in love with you.”

      • December 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

        Guys typically don’t develop an attraction to you – they just wait for you to say “yes.” šŸ™‚

    • December 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

      Nice save, Tronto. Don’t want to call your friends wives trolls!

      • johnking82
        December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

        Yea asshole! My wife would whoop tronto’s ass. I’d show her this blog if I hadn’t typed so many inappropriate things already on it.

        • December 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

          Yeah, best she thinks you only contribute to bear blogs – no way you’re hiding THAT from her!

        • tronto
          December 9, 2011 at 9:38 am #

          she would fall into the married bunch John. I never said anything bout my girlfriends being trolls, that damn Tamre!

        • December 9, 2011 at 11:18 am #

          John, your wife is fully aware of how inappropriate you are. Don’t worry about that.

        • December 9, 2011 at 11:22 am #

          I’m not sure if she’s aware of the Nutella development over in the Gift Guide post tho…

    • johnking82
      December 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      What about those texts you got on Sunday….. šŸ˜‰

      • December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

        Ha, don’t out us like that John! The photos of your bourbon county stout vertical were pretty hot. šŸ˜‰

        • John King
          December 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

          HA! I was referring to tronto…he was with me.

      • December 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

        I actually showed those texts to a liquor store employee at lunch today. He didn’t believe me that BCS had been distributed in KY already. Still hasn’t hit Indy.

        • John King
          December 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

          it’s here now…ive seen it in numerous places. i can grab a 4pack if needed.

        • December 9, 2011 at 9:13 am #

          My uncle found it for me north of Indy. Grabbed a 4pk and a bottle 3F dreadnaught too.

      • tronto
        December 9, 2011 at 9:40 am #

        John…that was an exception to the rule. Sometimes there’s special circumstances.

  5. Wayne
    December 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I would have identified w/ this conclusion when I was younger. But over the past 10 or 15 years I’ve made many female friends–more female than male for that matter–who are just that and nothing more.

    I think there are a lot of factors that these folks aren’t taking under consideration in making this evaluation.

    • December 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

      I think it changes as we get older and wiser and (more importantly) our testosterone levels drop. Unless you’re Larry King – that geezer’s a horndog!

    • December 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

      I would say this is a loaded question anyway given the demographics. Men and women ages 18-35 would most likely have a different response than ages 35-60.

      Being 30, I still get some super flirty guys at the liquor store who want to help me pick out beer. It’s nice to be wanted but kind of weird too.

      • December 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

        I’m oblivious to flirting. That, or it’s never happened to me. šŸ˜¦

  6. Michael
    December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    I’m 62 and my response would be the same as or similar to the children on tape if I weren’t happily married for 41 years(to the same woman, my high school and college sweetheart). No she is not looking over my shoulder.

    • December 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

      I’m in the same boat – even if I could, I wouldn’t.

  7. Bellefay1
    December 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    The girl at the 2:11 mark is my favorite. You can almost hear her roll her eyes.

    • December 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm #


  8. December 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    I think most men always think about the possibility of something more than friendship regardless of age, if they are attracted to a woman. It’s just that as you mature you’re able to rationalize it rather than act on it, especially if you’re married. I’ve always had a higher number of female friends than male friends, and I’ve always looked at my female friends first and foremost as just friends whom I respect, otherwise they wouldn’t be friends.

    • Don
      December 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

      So am I to take this Will as you saying you aren’t most men?

      • December 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

        When I was a hedonistic teen and twenty something, I was like most guys. Now, well, let’s say I’ve matured, I’ve got the “Will” power. One of my old girlfriends always used to say about me “Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and here you are” šŸ˜‰

  9. December 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm #


  10. Matthew
    December 10, 2011 at 4:46 am #

    My favourite (other than the screeds of cute girls, of course) was the guy stuffing his face with a sandwich. Mostly because sandwiches are awesome.

  11. Zac
    December 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Animals! I love it!

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