Dos & Donts

7 Dos & Donts of being Friends With Benefits

Author: Caroline Soin

When it comes to modern relationships, friends with benefits is a popular option. It allows you and your partner to enjoy the perks of being in a relationship without actually having one. The idea of this type of friendship can be extremely appealing at first but be careful; there are both dos and don'ts that come along with it. Whether you're just dipping your toe in the water or you've been in a FWB relationship for years, here are some key points that will help you have and maintain a successful FWB relationship.

Top 7 Dos & Donts for a Successful FWB Relationship

1. DO Be honest about your intentions.

If you're only looking for a casual hookup, be upfront about it from the beginning. There's nothing wrong with wanting to keep things casual, but you should make sure that your partner is on the same page. Otherwise, you may end up getting hurt if they develop feelings for you and you don't feel the same way.

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2. DONT Sleep with their friends.

Sleeping with your partner's friends is a surefire way to end things quickly. Not only will it make things awkward between you and your partner, but it will also damage any trust that they have in you. If you want to keep things casual, it's important to respect your partner's boundaries and not sleep with anyone that they're close to.

3. DO Keep communication open.

Since friends with benefits relationships are inherently casual, it's important to keep communication open. This means being honest about what you're looking for and what you're comfortable with. If either of you starts to develop feelings, be sure to talk about it so that nobody gets hurt.

4. DONT Get too attached.

It can be easy to get attached to someone when you're sleeping with them on a regular basis, but it's important to remember that friends with benefits relationships are supposed to be casual. If you find yourself getting too attached, it may be time to reassess the situation and see if something more serious is what you really want.

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5. DO Make sure you're both on the same page.

Before embarking on a friends with benefits relationship, it's crucial that you and your partner are on the same page about what you want out of it. Otherwise, one of you may end up getting hurt when the other person wants something more than just sex. Be sure to talk about your expectations and boundaries before getting physical so that everyone is on the same page.

6. DONT Start a FWB relationship with someone you already have feelings for.

Never go into a friends with benefits relationship with the hope it will turn into something more serious. You're only setting yourself up for heartache and disappointment. A good FWB relationship will end when it's no fun or enjoyble, or when one of you starts a serious relationship with someone else. Most FWB will not end with you dating your friendly fuck buddy! This is why you should never become FWB with someone that you already have feelings for.

For some people, it's easy to separate emotional feelings from physical relationships and that's the point of FWB. But sleeping with someone hoping they will fall in love with you will only end in disaster.

7. DONT Sleepover

Avoid sleepover over. Once you've had sex, it's time to go! Cuddles, kissing and pillow talk can easily start to complicate things so if you want a long successful FWB relationship you should avoid this. Deep feeling and emotions will end your FWB setup and may even ruin yor once good friendship.

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