Friends with benefits doesn’t just happen in the movies. Some people want the freedom to come and go as they please with the added benefits of an on-call lover. It works for those who don’t want a commitment but still want consistent sex and the intimacy we can only receive with a familiar lover.
But can friends with benefits be a relationship starter?
According to Match.com’s annual Singles in America survey, yes, it can. The number of sexual partners that were friends with benefits has skyrocketed. In 2012, 47% of singles reported having casual affairs with their buddies. In 2011, that number was only 20%. And here’s the kicker. A FWB relationship can be the start of a committed, long-term relationship!
How does one go from naked time with a friend to committed love? The study suggests that women ask for the commitment and monogamy. Not surprising at all. Also, since a friendship is already established, there is a rapport and closeness in that relationship. It makes sense that the next step is a commitment.
Still, I have to wonder: if more women are asking for commitment why is there a higher rate of FWB relationships? Maybe it’s the way to go for the meantime until they convince their “friend” to be more than lovers.