The Benefits of A True Friends with Benefits
Some people believe that being in a friends with benefits relationship is purely being able to have sex with someone with "no strings attached" to the relationship. The pair of you are nothing more than companions that meet to meet your basic physical needs. Others think that it's simply a phase people go through when they're young, when they think that the idea of commitment is simply too much to take on when there are so many other things they could be doing with their time and lives.
Overall, the idea is a rather negative one in the eyes of a lot of people, but that is simply not the case. Having a friend with benefits can be a mutually enjoyable and beneficial arrangement and perfectly suited to the needs of both parties if everyone is on the same page.
Here are some of the best benefits of having a true friends with benefits.
Start with the first word - You have a really great friend, and a friendship that matters
First of all, the main thing that differentiates a friends with benefits relationship from random hook ups or one night stands is that having a friend with benefits typically means that you know the person on a more intimate level and have had a regular familiarity with them for some time. The only thing that makes a difference between your relationship and a traditional dating relationship is that the two of you are simply not romantic partners.
Major changes in life may warrant a need for this kind of relationship
Some people find themselves in a great transitional period that warrants this kind of relationship. It's a friend like any other--you have fun, like to hang out, laugh together and have similar interests and generally enjoy each other's company. The other benefit here is that the FWB is someone who you are attracted to and someone you enjoy having sex with. It could be that you started out as just friends, gave dating a go, and even though the magic isn't there, you still had great sexual compatibility. Plus, you have the added benefit of having someone that you can talk to and who can give you an objective look at the world around you.
Having sex is really fun, and lots of us enjoy the release it gives us
The benefit here is really self explanatory. We all like having sex and having this sort of relationship with someone else gives you a little bit of freedom and security of a dedicated partner. Some other people look down on people who have casual sex, and it simply doesn't have to be a source of shame or concern for you if it's something you enjoy. You and your friend are on the same page and likely know what each other like, and that makes it so much easier when you get together. Plus, since you guys are close without being "relationship" close, you can try out new things together and if it doesn't work it can be easier to talk about with your partner.
Having a FWB is just another normal for many people in the world, and it should really be something that we can feel safe to embrace because it can be another way that stable, healthy relationships manifest. Not all relationships are one size fits all and it shouldn't be excluded from the model of what healthy relationships should be. For many people, it fits the style and phase of life that they find themselves in, and they embrace it freely.