What's the difference between a relationship and friends with benefits these days?

Elarra
What's the difference between a relationship and friends with benefits these days?

The common belief nowadays is that gifts, dates, compliments, etc. that were once the staple of a relationship decades ago are now not required. We're down to the point where each gender is squabbling over who pays on a date when it used to not be a question. But G@Gers don't seem to hesitate to say that you can't have a relationship without sex, otherwise, you're just friends.

Here's the dilemma. In friends with benefits, it's commonly believed to be two people just having sex. No dates, no compliments, no gifts, no anything. However, you can be friends with benefits and only sleep with one person, which is what you would do in a committed relationship, right? It's not uncommon for friends with benefits to actually be friends who hang out often, too. You can care about a friends with benefits. It's not always a hit it and quit it like a booty call type situation.

A relationship with no sex is friends. friends with benefits is a type of relationship that's sex based. But if you can't have a relationship without sex, wouldn't that then be sexed based, as well?

So, in you're own words, how would you differentiate between a real relationship and friends with benefits?

And, yes, before you ask, this is 100% based on G@G questions, Takes, and responses, not the general population as a whole.
What's the difference between a relationship and friends with benefits these days?
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