22 people share their friends with benefits stories, and we’re so here for it
In a perfect world, a friends with benefits situation may seem…well, perfect! Because sometimes having regular (and hopefully amazing) sex with a close friend without the strings and emotional entanglement of a *real* relationship might be exactly what you need after your 10th failed blind date or a particularly bad break up. Unfortunately, the world we live in is far from perfect and things can get very confusing, very quickly.
Unexpected bouts of jealousy and the possibility of unrequited love can cause things to get a little tricky. And even the strongest friendships may have a difficult time navigating the strange new world being in a FWB situation creates. Additionally, a new study shows that only 15% of friends with benefits situations actually become successful relationships. Then what happens to the friendships after the benefits are removed?
At the end of the day, what works for one person may not work for you. If you are able to sleep with your friend, keep your emotions out of it, and walk away if and when the time comes then go for it. But if you you think you may want a little bit more, having a friend with benefits might not be the right move for you. For some, sex is the icing on the cake of friendship but for others, not so much.