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Sinking the Friend Ship
Instant gratification is always fun when you're talking about a great pair of shoes you found on sale or an ice cream cone. But when you're dealing with your emotions you're getting into a whole new flavor of potential danger.
According to a study by researchers at Michigan State University, 60% of college co-eds admit to having a friends with benefits relationship. At the offset, the idea of having great sex and a great friendship without the fuss of an actual boyfriend or girlfriend sounds like it would be a win-win situation. However, if you're headed for FWB-land, you could be charting dangerous territory. It's almost 100% guaranteed one of the friends will end up falling for the other and end up getting burned.
"Biologically speaking, sex is a drug," writes contributor, Simcha, on The Frisky. "Or at least it feels that way for women, thanks to oxytocin, the hormonal transmitter that makes you feel happy, relaxed and bonded to your partner after sex."
Another setback for both male and female participants is that if you're devoting time to an FWB relationship, you're sucking up energy that you could be put into finding a new romance.
Be honest. If you feel like the friendship you've developed can turn into something more, tell him or her. It's better to know early on if you've got a shot than to drag it out and maybe even get hurt.