Those in traditional relationships are more satisfied, sexually and otherwise, and communicate more effectively. Friends with benefits are a little handier with condoms, though.
- People Who Exercise Have Larger Brains Later in Life
- A Gene Predicts What Time of Day You Will Die
- Statins Appear to Improve Cancer Survival
PROBLEM: Eternal question, how good or bad are friends with benefits ("two individuals have a rather typical friendship except that they also occasionally have sex") situations?
METHODOLOGY: Researchers at Harvard, Syracuse, and Purdue conducted an online survey of 376 individuals, mostly college students. Half of them was in a FWB relationship, and the other half was in a traditional romantic relationship. They were also mostly white, female, and heterosexual. All were asked about the exclusivity of their relationship, the frequency with which they had sex with their friend/romantic partner, how they divided their time between sexual and friendship activity and their satisfaction with both. The researchers also obtained information on the nature of their sexual contact (everything from kissing to anal), frequency of condom use, and openness talking with one another about sexuality-related topics.