Nowadays, the younger generation has some very radical ideas about relationship. There are certain relationship setups that were not considered in the past but are becoming quite popular now. There are now relationships popularly known as Friends With Benefits or FWB. Although such relationships may have been kept in secret in the past, FWB relationships have recently become quite common among college students and the younger generation trying to explore the dynamics of having relationships. Here is a low-down on FWB relationships and how it has changed the idea of relationships today.
What Is It?
A Friends With Benefits relationship is a type of intimate relationship that exist between two close friends. What makes it different from a typical friendship is that such a relationship comes with two friends acting as lovers but without the romantic attachment. An FWB relationship is more about two close friends agreeing to share a level of physical intimacy only shared by romantic couples. This is what the “with benefits” component means.
Role Of FWB Relationships
Friends with benefits has become quite popular in that surveys suggest that around 60 percent of college students in the US have experienced such a relationship at one point in their lives. It seems that an FWB relationship serves a particular role in the way the young generation treats relationships today. The idea of a FWB relationship come sin between a casual intimate relationship and that of a romantic one. In a way, it helps younger people to enter in a relationship that is less risky than a casual relationship with a stranger.
FWB relationships happen between close friends who have experienced emotional and a certain level of physical intimacy with each other. By getting into an intimate relationship with a close friend, there is already a level of familiarity that comes into the picture. It also sets limits that the relationship will not end into a more serious romantic relationship. In a way, the lack of commitment pressure in FWB relationships gives young adults the chance to start relationships without the burden of committing to the wrong person too quickly.
FWB relationships also act as some sort of a trial run for young adults to learn about the dynamics of a relationship. There might be hopes that the FWB relationship can sometimes progress into a more romantic relationship. But in reality, only about 10 to 20 percent of FWB relationships progress into serious ones. The relationship can act as a temporary option until the right relationship comes along. But then, there are also other issues to address when the FWB relationship ends. Does the friendship survive or does it also end along with the relationship. Many believe that the physical intimacy shared in an FWB relationship can become a detriment to the friendship after it ends. But a survey among college students indicate that this may not be the case. Around 80 percent of college students who have gone through an FWB relationship that has already ended say that they are still close friends with their ex-FWB partner. Around 50 percent reported that they are even closer as friends while only 30 percent say that they are no longer as close with their partners in a previous FWB relationship.