What Is Sex Like With A “Friend With Benefits?”

“Friends with benefits” (FWBs) are a popular type of sexual relationship these days, with several survey studies of college students finding that about half of them report having had one or more previous FWBs [1]. However, it is important to note that FWBs are by no means limited to college campuses—for instance, Internet research has found men and women in their 50s and 60s reporting experience with these relationships too [2]. As a result of their popularity, one of the questions people often have about FWBs concerns the quality and nature of the sex. Specifically, how does it stack up to the sex one might have in a traditional romantic relationship? A new study published in the Journal of Sex Research provides some answers.
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