INFOGRAPHIC: Can ‘Friends With Benefits’ Relationships Really Work?

Can friends with benefits-type relationships really work, or do they just destroy good friendships? Check out our infographic and weigh in here!

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It’s a question for the ages: Can friends with benefits relationships really work? Or do they just muddy the waters and cause good friendships to go down the proverbial drain?

With the help of our pals at WeLoveDates, we decided to take a closer look at the issue. This snazzy and informative infographic breaks down how FWB relationships work, from the rules of the game to how they shown in the movies vs. real life.

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Have you ever been friends with benefits with someone? Tell us about it in the comments—we’d love to hear your story!

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9 thoughts on “INFOGRAPHIC: Can ‘Friends With Benefits’ Relationships Really Work?

  1. Very interesting info-graphic…pretty much tells it like it is. A just 'friends with benefits' relationship can be fun, but in the long-run you're always bound to run into some problems.

  2. I partly agree with "Sammi". It is true such a relationship will almost inevitably run into problems. However, I disagree with the word "just". ALL relationships will probably run into some kind of issue as it progresses. Don't be fooled, EVERY relationship progresses, even if it's only because you know and trust each other more. I think FWB relationships get ruined ONLY because the involved parties choose to wreck it. Something changes and they can no longer deal. A true FWB relationship is like a true romance. Remove the expectations and demands, and a strong, mutually beneficial relationship will thrive.
    One thing I would add to the rules is the 'end' rule. If the two parties do not fall in love with each other, it is very possible they will fall for someone…sooner or later. When that happens, obviously the FWB relationship will end (assuming no one wants to get involved with infidelity and risk the true romance).
    Good luck to everyone who wants to try an FWB. They are a learning experience, since you can feel free to experiment. They are fun. They are easy. And, if you don't ruin it, they can be quite long lasting and satisfying on many levels.

  3. it does not work for me. no matter how up-front I am with the truth of intention, they all 'fall in love'. I married my high school sweetheart,33 years I stood by her. She was told she was bi-polar and wanted a separation, I suggested counseling, she replied" what part of I want a divorce don't you f*****g understand"? 2 weeks I filed ,2 months finalized, 5 months later her friend with benefits killed her. Friend w/b's are designed to see if you can become a couple with all the likes and dislikes compromisable. Not to become 'enery the eighth. Just my opinion. I will listen to yours ,if you listen to mine….. may you find the love of your life. p.s fun loving respectable bad boy's don't dress the part, it's in their eyes and with their touch…love ya all..bye

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