Should Becoming Friends With Benefits Ruin Your Friendship?

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“Friends with benefits” has a pretty simple definition: a sexual relationship between two people who are friends outside the bedroom that occasionally fool around, but are not committed to one another romantically. It is everything from the exes who still sleep together every so often, the close friends who experiment with each other sexually, to the mere acquaintances with mutual friends who will go home with one another if both are alone at the end of the night. Many people have dabbled with this type of arrangement, and it has received a lot of attention in our culture. A recent article in Cosmopolitan addresses a most vexing uncertainty to those in friends with benefits relationships (FWBRs) in the aptly titled “Will Becoming Friends with Benefits Ruin Your Friendship?” As a college student in a culture that has evolved to embrace ambiguity, I was not surprised to find yet another popular culture piece offering advice on FWBRs. Upon reading the article, however, I was intrigued by the discovery that there is an array of actual academic research devoted to understanding this particular kind of relationship. The article goes on to offer a beacon of hope to women interested in the possibility of entering a casual sexual relationship with a regular friend. While “Will Becoming Friends with Benefits Ruin Your Friendship?” addresses some insightful new findings on FWBRs, it is misguided in bolstering the notion that it is possible to avoid discontentment as a result of this
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