Situated between a hook up and a long running relationship is the Friends with Benefits relationship. While some may argue this is not a relationship at all, the reality is that it is. It may not fit everyone’s ideal option, but that does not prevent it from being one. There is some ambiguity about exactly what a Friends with Benefits (or FWB for short) relationship is.
What Friends with Benefits is… and is Not!
The sexual side of the relationship can be somewhat regular, semi regular or sporadic. There can even be huge time gaps between meetings. One feature not present is constant continued contact.
Keep Your Distance
FWB are understood that they end without bad feelings or explanations. It is possible that the friendship can remain after the sexual side is completed. After all, both parties are friends. However, it is not always the case. The friendship side can end as well.
Not the Marrying Type
In some ways a FWB takes the commitment free non-demanding characteristics of a hook up and merges it with a friendship. Even though these relationships are not emotional in nature, because they are friendships there is some emotion involved. However, it has more to do with safety and convenience than love. For some this works. For others this is inconceivable. Where things become problematic is when one person falls in love. At that point, this set up ceases. This is not a romantic love affair.
Perhaps the second biggest problem is denial. Some believe that this relationship will transform into a standard relationship. Some will wait and wait hoping that a visit will lead to more. Often it just means waiting until the next phone call.