Danielle Bayard Jackson, a friendship expert, thinks that low-maintenance friendships are a “dangerous” thing to glamorize. “It’s important to define exactly what makes a friendship ‘low-maintenance’ or ‘low-effort,’” she says. “I can appreciate low-effort in terms of I’m not trying to put on a mask, or I’m not performing in this friendship, or when there’s a certain ease.” However, as Bayard Jackson points out, the way low-maintenance friendships are typically discussed online relates more to the frequency in which we have to check in on our friends. This is problematic, Bayard Jackson argues, because it could lead to a situation where one friend is doing all the work to maintain the relationship. “We should be curious about the effort that the other person is putting in, and whether or not they feel satisfied,” she says.