Do "Platonic Relationships" really work or does one person always end up falling for the other (usually the guy falling for the girl)?
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I think that it is entirely to stay just friends for any amount of time, but not necessarily best friends.
For those intending to get married happily, the eventual inevitability of a good marriage is that a man's wife meets all his needs in a woman, and a woman's husband meets all her needs in a man. In this case, everyone you meet of the opposite sex is either:
A) The man/woman who iis the only man/woman you will need.
B) Not (A).
If a friend turns out to be (B), you can still stay friends, but in time, when one of you marries, you'll find that you grow apart as your needs of each other change. Indeed, if your needs of each other do "not" change then there may be something wrong with your marriage.
In any case, while its possible to be friends who are just friends, trying to keep exercising that coed friendship after you've already chosen your best friend (and more) for life doesn't seem normal, and most of the healthiest couples I know don't by default.
Also, while it isn't impossible to be close coed friends without developing feelings, I think its hard to say definitively that neither will "ever" develop feelings, except for examples where close friends knew each other from childhood up intil their deathbeds, where it can obviously be proven. I think its not extremely common though.
Sometimes it may be that the two stopped seeing each other at some point in life, and if they didn't they might have developed different emotions towards each other.0