With so many movies out about Friends with Benefits, it begs the question: Can it really work?
It really depends on the people and the situation, but there are pros and cons to both.
You’re with someone who you’re already close to
Being friends with the person before taking things to another level means you already know a lot about the person. You know what they like, and what they’re looking for. There’s no pretending or trying to hide who you really are because it’s all out there for them to see.
You know how to communicate with each other
Since you’re friends, at this point you’ve probably already figured out how to speak to them.
The friendship can end
Getting involved with a friend means you have to accept the risk. There’s a chance you will lose the friendship you once had.
Someone might want something more
If one of the friends wants to be in a relationship, and the other doesn’t… it can strain what was there.
Emotions and Miscommunication
While friends with benefits isn’t an official relationship, emotions and miscommunication can creep in.
Getting romantically involved with a friend is something that needs a lot of consideration. There’s a chance that a relationship can stem from it. And if you aren’t ready for that, talking about where things are going can help. It’s important to remember that things can get complicated if you don’t talk it out and lay out ground rules.
Words by Stephanie Lauredent