People are happier with their FRIENDS than they are with family

People are happier spending time with their friends than with their families because they save fun activities to do with their mates, study finds Study quizzed more than 400 people on fun with friends, kids and their partner   Found people reported more enjoyment with their friends than their family  Experts say this is due to doing more fun activities, such as socialising  Whereas time spent with family includes arduous tasks such as chores  

By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline

Published: 11:58 BST, 18 September 2020 | Updated: 11:59 BST, 18 September 2020

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People are happier when they are with their friends than they are when in the company of their partner or children, a study has found. 

More than 400 volunteers were asked to rank how much they enjoyed a recent moment when they were with their friends and family. 

The questionnaires revealed spending time with romantic partners scored the lowest out of the three groups, with friends pipping children to the top spot. 

However, the researchers say it is not the people that are the issue, it is what people do when in the company of each group. 

When meeting up with friends, fun activities are on the agenda. On the flip side, being with children and partners often involves chores and other fun-sapping tasks.  

When meeting up with friends, fun activities are on the agenda. On the flip side, being with children and partners often involves chores and other fun-sapping tasks. this causes people to enjoy spending tie with friends more than family (stock)

When meeting up with friends, fun activities are on the agenda. On the flip side, being with children and partners often involves chores and other fun-sapping tasks. this causes people to enjoy spending tie with friends more than family (stock)

According to the study, the activities people most frequently perform while with their romantic partners include socialising, relaxing, and eating.

People tend to do similar activities when they are with their friends, too, but these activities make up a greater percentage of their total time together. 

Naturally, people did far more chores and housework with their partners than they did with their pals.  

Study author Professor Nathan Hudson from Southern Methodist University (SMU) found 65 per cent of experiences with friends involved socialising. But people only recorded socialising with their partner 28 per cent of the time (stock)

Study author Professor Nathan Hudson from Southern Methodist University (SMU) found 65 per cent

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