The real cost of friend­ship

The Scotsman - - Perspective -

There are some things in life one just can­not put a price on. But that hasn’t stopped peo­ple try­ing. Ac­cord­ing to a new piece of what we refuse to call “re­search” the cost of a great friend­ship has been iden­ti­fied.

Ap­par­ently, the cost of birth­day presents, vis­its and nights out re­ally does tot up. Over the years, for ex­am­ple, birth­day presents can end up cost­ing al­most £3,500, while travel costs can tot up to more than £21,000.

Other ex­pen­di­tures, in­clud­ing £200 spent of­fer­ing sup­port dur­ing re­la­tion­ship break-ups, bring the to­tal “cost” of a life­time of friend­ship to a chunky £26,558.

We’re not en­tirely sure what pur­pose these rev­e­la­tions serve. Are peo­ple ex­pected to cut back on what they spend to visit friends? Are they to con­sider smaller gifts in fu­ture?

As far as we are con­cerned, these find­ings are com­plete non­sense.

Yes, we might buy gifts for friends and yes we might shell out a fair chunk vis­it­ing them but none of these can surely be con­sid­ered costs? The sim­ple truth is that real friend­ship is both free and worth more than all the money in the world.

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