What is the difference between FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS and DATING?

What is the difference between friends with benefits and dating? If you are friends, you probably go out (as friends) and do fun things together just like couples, so if you add sex/kissing to that, aren't you basically dating?


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  • Well both are social constructs though friends with benefits by it's design is socially more flexible then Dating.

    Dating implies exclusivity in the emotional and sexual relationship over the defined Dating period.

    Friends with Benefits implies a traditional friendship that includes a sexual component but because it is a newer concept that falls outside conservative norms it has more room to define the degree of friendship and the degree of exclusivity in the emotional and sexual components.

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What Guys Said 6

  • Dating doesn't necessarily involve sex and friends with benefits doesn't necessarily involve hanging out.

    Eventually, in friends with benefits, you'll never end up getting official or married with each other (unless one falls for another BS don't happen). You just want sex.

    In dating, you want a relationship alongside sex. You want to take the things further. You're not looking for other partners unlike friends with benefits.

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  • a friends with benefits is someone you have just for sex. you don't want a real relationship with that person.
    if you date someone then you actually want something serious. maybe you get quickly sexual, but you don't wanna limit it to that.

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  • You aren't committed (except sexually) to a 'friend with benefits' whereas in dating, there's all kinds of commitments

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  • You date to spend time together with someone, get to know the person, mostly because your serious about wanting a future with that person.

    You have a friends with benefit just to enjoy sex and thats it.

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  • The expectation of progress. friends with benefits is static, it isn't going to progress towards anything more.

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What Girls Said 8

  • friends with benefits has no emotions other than lust and is no strings attached. Dating is when you're more exclusive with someone and there's more emotions involved with it.

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  • Dating= emotion and a future relationship
    FWB= lust and sex ONLY No long term relationship

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  • dating implies romantic interest. Also friends with benefits a lot of the time don't hang out outside of sex although that is not always the case

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  • Your friend or you are taking adv of each other sexually. Dating? the couple Spends time to get to know each other. ( non sexual )

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  • the intention is the difference - do you want more or not?

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  • No it's not basically dating because you guys come to the terms of no feelings for each other, I wouldn't recommend this because one person always ends up falling for another.

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  • when you date you don't have sex and you have feeling for each other
    friend with benefits is only about sex no love at all

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