FRIENDS is the one TV show you can pick up at any point and watch for hours and hours.
The gang – Ross, Rachel, Monica, Joey, Chandler and Phoebe – feel more like our actual mates than fictional characters.
But there could be a more scientific reason as to why we find it so hard to turn the show off, despite probably seeing every episode already.
A psychologist has revealed that the familiarity of the plot and its relatable storylines are soothing, particularly when we’re experiencing feelings of anxiety.
As the cast experience problems in their love life, friendships and work, they eventually resolve them – and that’s what makes it so addictive.
Marc Hekster, Clinical Psychologist at The Summit Clinic in Highgate, told Metro: “Having worked for over a period of 20 years with those experiencing anxiety, I can conclude that among other factors, it is the repetitive and relational nature of programs such as Friends and Big Bang Theory that will be doing the trick.”
He referenced children repeating an activity and getting the same outcome, saying this repetition is soothing to human beings.
And as adults, instead of childish activities, we create the same reassuring outcomes by watching our favourite TV show – Friends.
He continued: “Complex problems are made the focus of each episode, and then they are resolved within the relationships which are the essence of the shows. It is pure escapism.
“[Watching Friends] is about an experience of repair, of watching the characters in the show repeatedly having worries, which then get repaired and soothed, usually in the context of other relationships in their lives.
“So, when grown-ups are anxious, they can have child-like feelings of fear and worry, and these can be soothed by repetition.”
He finished by saying “bring on Friends repeats for the 10th time”, and we couldn’t agree more.
If you want more Friends, Primark is giving us some serious 90s vibes with their T-shirts of the gang.
And Matt Le Blanc revealed he really wanted Joey and Phoebe to hook up.
Get ready – a Friends musical is coming to the UK and fans cannot wait.
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