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Friends with benefits relationships FWB or FWBR is a term commonly used to reference a relationship that is sexual without being romantic. Typically, these relationships can be between people that consider themselves platonic friends without pressure. These non-committal relationships can be short term, or evolve into serious romantic relationships.


Friends with benefits FWB relationships are formed by an integration of friendship and sexual intimacy, typically without the explicit commitments characteristic of an exclusive romantic relationship. The majority of these relationships do not transition into committed romantic relationships, raising questions about what happens to the relationship after the FWB ends. In a sample of men and women university students, with a median age of 19 years and the majority identified as Caucasian Those who did not remain friends were more likely to report that their FWB relationship was more sex- than friendship-based; they also reported higher levels of feeling deceived by their FWB partner and higher levels of loneliness and psychological distress, but lower levels of mutual social connectedness.

Higher levels of feeling deceived were related to feeling less close to the post-FWB friend; also, more sex-based FWB relationships were likely to result in post-FWB friendships that were either more or less close as opposed to unchanged. FWB relationships, especially those that include more attention to friendship based intimacy, do not appear to negatively impact the quality of the friendship after the "with benefits" ends.

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Owen J, Fincham FD. Owen J, et al. Arch Sex Behav. Epub Mar PMID: Perceptions of partner's deception in friends with benefits relationships. Quirk K, et al.

J Sex Marital Ther. Epub Jun Akbulut V, Weger H Jr. Akbulut V, et al. J Soc Psychol.

Epub Jul 2. Okamoto Y. Seishin Shinkeigaku Zasshi.

No strings attached: are “friends with benefits” as complicated in real life as they are in the movies?

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Epub Jul See all similar articles. Epub Feb J Sex Res. Epub Dec MeSH terms Adult Actions. Cross-Sectional Studies Actions. Emotions Actions. Female Actions. Humans Actions. Interpersonal Relations Actions. Loneliness Actions. Male Actions. Object Attachment Actions.

Social Adjustment Actions. Young Adult Actions. Full text links [x] Springer.

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