A poll of 2,000 adults revealed 51 per cent see their close friend at least once a week, while one in 10 see their companions less than every six months.
Regardless of the frequency of time in person, 32 per cent message their best friend at least daily, if not multiple times a day.
And 49 per cent ensure they speak to them on the phone regularly.
Zetun Arif, director and optometrist for Specsavers Home Visits, which commissioned the research to celebrate Friendship month and highlight how those unable to leave their homes can feel bouts of loneliness, said: “Friends can play a vital part in our lives and are formed throughout the years in so many different ways.
“The research has shown how much value there is in strong friendships, and in particular the support they can provide; however not everyone is always as lucky enough to see those closest to them on a regular basis.
“And in that instance, the odd visit from a friend or even someone stopping in professionally can do the world of good to give someone feeling a little lonely, a boost.”
Trust is key
It also emerged 46 per cent wished they could see their close friends more often than they do now.
And such is the bond, 55 per cent speak to them about more sensitive topics over anyone else, even their partner or family.
Respondents have known their best friend for an average of 22 years, and met them at work, secondary school or university.
Laughter, support in difficult situations and always being there when they’re needed, were the things they offered most.
While 19 per cent said they’re very reliant on their close friends, according to the OnePoll data.
It also emerged 49 per cent have developed a friendship with someone they see professionally, such as their optometrist or hairdresser.
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