It could be called the wingman theory or the Barney Stinson principle. A University of Alberta researcher says that people are generally willing to help a friend protect or enhance his reputation or help him otherwise save face in a social situation.
As children move toward adolescence, they rely increasingly on close relationships with peers. Socially withdrawn children, who have less contact with peers, may miss out on the support that friendships provide.
If you're feeling under pressure, it might be an idea to see your best friend. Being in their presence can reduce stress levels – at least according to a study of children
How ‘doing’ friendship on the mobile uncovers significant insight into contemporary youth cultures of masculinity and femininity.