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Don’t cozy up to his best male pal — it could give him erectile dysfunction syndrome!

How’s this for a touch of crazy on a Thursday morning? A new scientific study has found a correlation between erectile dysfunction and the strong relationships their female partners have with their guy friends. To break in down in human terms: your guy can’t get it up because of the relationship you have with his buddies. Say what?!

The researchers who discovered this affliction are calling it “partner betweenness.” Benjamin Cornwell, a professor of sociology at Cornell University and Edward Laumann, a sociology profession at the University of Chicago, describe this as being when a man’s female partner has stronger relationships with his confidants than he does.

Basically, you’re coming between a man and his buddies — and the thought of you stealing his besties away from him is preventing you from getting sexually satisfied.

“Men who experience partner betweenness in their joint relationships are more likely to have trouble getting or maintaining an erection and are also more likely to experience difficulty achieving orgasm during sex,” the researchers said in a statement.

Apparently this so-called ‘partner betweenness’ bruises his inner He-Man and undermines his masculinity.

But the good news is that the guys you’re most likely involved with aren’t scientifically proven to feel so powerless until they hit the age of 50; the primary focus of the study, which has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, were 57-85 year-old males.

Personally, I’d like to see the researchers do a study on dudes in our age demographic. This can’t be a trend just amongst older men, but younger ones, as well.

I tend to become very close with my boyfriends’ best friends. When D-Day (aka breakup day) came, the best buddies in question have, in general, either remained close with both of us or chosen me….which would make sense, given these results.

Do men fear that you’ll take their best friend away, this breaking the guy code of bros before hos? Are they so afraid of this sacrilege that it subconsciously affects both their heads?

LAURA

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