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Platonic friendship

A recent study from University of Wisconsin of opposite-sex friendships (reported here) came to these conclusions:

As a result, men consistently overestimated the level of [romantic] attraction felt by their female friends and women consistently underestimated the level of attraction felt by their male friends.

and

Taken together, these studies suggest that men and women have vastly different views of what it means to be “just friends” — and that these differing views have the potential to lead to trouble. Although women seem to be genuine in their belief that opposite-sex friendships are platonic, men seem unable to turn off their desire for something more. And even though both genders agree overall that [romantic] attraction between platonic friends is more negative than positive, males are less likely than females to hold this view.

Based on your personal experience does this seem accurate?
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