"I don't understand the point of your post. Maybe I'm just not reading it right.
It sounds like you're trying to draw some arbitrary distinction, like "Friends are for activities and interests, whereas dates and spouses are for…"
"Brett McKay wrote a couple articles about male friendships up at the main AoM website. Here's the title and first paragraph from one:
Title: Making and Keeping Man Friendships
Several weeks ago we posted an article about the history and…"