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What Does Friends With Benefits Mean?


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Friends with benefits refers to an agreement between two people who are both friends and physically attracted to one another to share a sexual relationship. Neither party is considered committed to the other, and both can start dating someone else at any time with prior warning. A friends with benefits arrangement is not considered dating, a relationship or even casual dating by most people who use the term.

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Friends with benefits differs from a one night stand in that one night stands provide only an evening of sexual interaction, although they may occur between two friends. It might seem like casual dating and friends with benefits offer the same basic principle, but casual dating usually refers to two people getting to know each other before monogamy or a commitment, whereas friends with benefits rarely move into actual romantic relationship territory. Sure, it's possible, but in most cases friends with benefits share common interests and/or sexual experiences, but don't engage in any sort of official dating or romantic behaviors, like celebrating Valentine's Day or meeting the parents.

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Also Known As: booty call, cuddle buddy, FWB, sex partner, sexual relationship, umfriend,

Examples: "Are you guys dating?" she asked. "Nah, we're just friends with benefits."

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