Brits Would Be Willing To Give Up Their Best Friend For Just £131,000, Study Finds

How much would it take for you to give up your best friend? Maybe £1 million or £1 billion? Or maybe no amount of money could make you say goodbye to their friendship. Well, that's what you'd say to their face, it seems.

A new study has found 40 per cent of Brits would happily cut their best friend out of the lives - for the right sum.

In a study of 2,000 men and women, participants were questioned over how much money they'd need to bin their bestie, with the average result totalling £131,000.

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

According to the research commissioned by Foxy Bingo, women would give up their BFFs for just £106,000. Meanwhile, it would take a bit more for men, who say they would need £180,000.

But the results are not clear cut across the country, as the study found Liverpool to be the city with the 'least loyal mates', with residents admitting they'd dump their bestie for just £62,000.

And if you live in Glasgow, you can find some comfort in the fact that your closest mate would need as much as £200,000.

Credit: Paramount Pictures
Credit: Paramount Pictures

The survey also included other results on our attitudes towards friendships - 15 per cent admit to bad-mouthing a friend and 11 per cent have a Whatsapp group that certain friends are not part of.

While the above statistics might not be so surprising, seven per cent admitted that they had flirted with their mate's partner, and six per cent say they'd also kissed them, too.

But despite this, Brits still consider themselves to be "good" friends, with 84 per cent saying they'd lie to protect their mate, with 21 per cent claiming they'd back them no matter what they had done.

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

"This study is a fascinating look into the nature of friendship," says Kim Mills, Sponsorship & Partnerships Manager at Foxy Bingo. "Although some people would sell their best friend down the river for some cash, it's reassuring to see that most Brits value friendship and are loyal to their pals."

While your best mate might trade you in for a cash cheque or maybe kiss your partner, there's still hope.

Just over half said they'll always offer honest advice to their friend, 46 per cent they notice when their friend is feeling down, 42 per cent know how to cheer them up and 40 per cent will always make time for their pal.

When they're not auctioning off your friendship to the highest bidder, that is.

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Rachel Andrews

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