Although intimate romantic relationships and friendships serve two different functions for emerging adults, both play significant roles in human development. Barry et al. (2009) surveye...
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...adults a period to explore their love life and romantic relationships. Nevertheless, emerging adults are still expected to complete traditional adult developmental tasks such as career establishment, marriage, and parenthood. As emerging adults take on adulthood roles and responsibilities, they shift their attention away from friendships and invest more time in building strong and stable romantic relationships. A fundamental aspect of building a traditional adult life, where raising a family, marriage, and establishing a career are primary goals, requires a lifelong supportive romantic partnership between two individuals. Hence, it is not surprising that as emerging adults take on adult rules they shift their attention from friendships to romantic relationships in preparation to find a romantic partner that will help achieve the traditional benchmarks of adulthood.
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