Friends after dating advice
But how possible is it to genuinely befriend someone with whom you once shared a great romance? Too much baggage, too many hurt feelings, and the far too many times that person saw you naked often cloud the path to friendship.
Despite this, curious scientists have attempted to uncover the relationship qualities that indicate the highest likelihood of remaining friends with an ex after a breakup.
To avoid confusion, awkwardness, and disappointments, here are the dos and don’ts to keep in mind.
You need to make sure that you’re open about everything. The main point of having a FWB is to have amazing, satisfying sex.
What’s to like about the idea having no-strings sex with someone you like and respect, but don’t necessarily want a future with?
However, friends with benefits also come with a few asterisks. If you start to blur the lines, you’re opening a big can of worms.
Both of you need to be on the same page in case either of you start developing feelings for each other. Be honest about what you like and what you don’t like.
Say goodnight, take a shower, and get into bed feeling relaxed, satisfied, and totally comfortable with the fact that they went home. You don’t want people in your life to start nagging you about “what’s going on with you guys?! They’re allowed to date, tinder stalk, or Facebook friend anyone they wants.
Let’s be honest, having friends with benefits can be incredibly convenient—all the fun, none of the planning-your-future-together—but there are rules.
And, lucky you, we’re so ready to dish up some juicy FWB advice.
One study found if your relationship ended on a positive note, and if you had a strong support system of friends and family to help you get through the breakup, you were more likely to keep up a friendship with your ex after the relationship ended.
Another study found the existence of a friendship before the onset of romantic involvement was a factor that determined if you stayed friends after a breakup.