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Being Friends With Benefits: Is It A Relationship Starter?

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Being Friends With Benefits: Is It A Relationship Starter?

Having a friends with benefits is all the rage but can a friends with benefits relationship turns into more than just casual sex? A Match study suggests so.

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’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!

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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.


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Ani Chakiryan

Ani Chakiryan is a 23-year-old Los Angelina, born and raised. She spends most of her time with her nose in a book, writing shorts stories and baking cupcakes. Follow her delicious tales and treats on Limani Cupcakes.


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