More people today admit to having a friend with benefits over a boyfriend or girlfriend.
In the days of Tinder and Bumble, singles are opting for casual sex over a traditional relationship, says a new survey.
DrEd asked 1,000 Europeans and Americans about the pros and cons of a friend with benefits, and how satisfied they feel compared to being in a relationship.
Here’s what they found:
Women are more likely than men to have a friend with benefits, or a FWB. (This term is used to describe two people who have a sexual arrangement on the side of an otherwise platonic friendship.)
More people are more sexually satisfied with a FWB over a relationship.
Americans are more sexually satisfied through a FWB than a traditional relationship.
Fifty-two percent of men become emotionally attached, compared to 44 percent of women in a FWB. Who knew?
More than half of those surveyed (57 percent) admitted to having a FWB.
Over half of American men and women were sexually satisfied in a FWB relationship. “In fact, Americans were far more likely to feel sexually satisfied in a no-strings-attached sexual friendship, with 51 percent reporting being completely satisfied, compared to 42 percent of Europeans who reported the same,” says the study.
Only 34 percent of Europeans thought a friendship with benefits was more convenient than a relationship, compared to the 58 percent of Americans.
Those surveyed described a FWB as “a place to experiment in the bedroom, explore sexual fantasies, talk about safe sex, and cuddle.” Over 40 percent also talked about family, friends, and their jobs. And at least a quarter of respondents said they went out on dates or occasionally grabbed dinner.
Women were more than twice as likely as men to say it was just about sex. When asked if the sex felt romantic, 45 percent of women and 52 percent of men said yes, despite only 33 percent of women and 32 percent of men going into the arrangement looking for a romantic relationship.
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