A survey of 2,000 Brits conducted by National Rail reveals that a staggering 86% of younger blokes have a special “bromance” with another man – just like TV icons Ant and Dec.

Surprisingly, just 71% of women under 35 say they have a “womance” with a female friend. Two-thirds of those with a “bromance” or “womance” explained that these relationships have caused problems between them and a partner – therefore highlighting the need for us to spend as much time with our loved ones as we do with our ‘besties’.

Research from the poll also shows that 28% of men say that they message their partners more than anyone else compared to 23% of women. Women tend to text their family members daily over their partners or friends with 35% compared to just 19% of men. Respondents would on average text their preferred contacts 9 times a day but don’t see them as often.

In fact, just under half (45%) of the respondents wish that they saw their friends or family more than they do, but distance (36%) and time (36%) seem to be the main reasons holding them back. 40% of the younger Brits blame the cost of travel for affecting them seeing their friends or family.

A quarter of respondents expressed they would like to take a day trip together with their partner, friend or family member. A fifth would like to spend at least one day a week together, and 18% would want to have a weekend break away together.

Billy Denyer from National Rail explained: “We were surprised to learn how little quality time the nation is able to spend with their favourite people. To help strengthen Britain’s bromances, womances and of course romances, National Rail offers a Two Together Railcard, which saves both you and your chosen companion a third off most rail fares. With this saving, dynamic duos can explore Britain for less and do more of what they like with the people they love.”

The National Rail Two Together Railcard offers two named adults 1/3 off rail fares for just £30 a year (or £15 each) a cost that can be made back in just one journey.

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