Friends with benefits (FWB) is a term that most are familiar with yet not everyone has had the chance to experience first-hand. Anyone that has had an FWB relationship will know that there are actually different types of FWBs, which makes sense when you consider how hard it is to define what exactly friends with benefits are.
After all, every FWB is unique. Some involve two close friends that happen to have sex, while others can involve a work friend or a friend of a friend - you'd be surprised how many types of FWB relationships there are!
Let's take a look at all the 7 different types of FWB relationships:
Also read: How to Have a Successful FWB Relationship
This is the traditional friends with benefits relationship that most people think of - two close friends that also happen to have a sexual relationship. There is no set limit for how long you need to be friends before you start hooking up - it can be just a couple of years or with a childhood friend.
It's the type of friendship where you frequently hang out together, know each other very well, and consider one another a close friend - you just happen to have sex from time to time!
They can be on-going and many are on and off types of relationships, while also being the most common type of FWB relationship.
As the name suggests, this FWB relationship tends to focus more on the benefits rather than the friendship. You can consider each other friends but probably don't consider it a proper friendship, just two casual acquaintances that occasionally hook-up.
Basically, there is little socialising beyond the casual hook-up, which is the main crux of the relationship. You have a great time together and plenty of chemistry, things just don't develop much outside of the bedroom!
This type of FWB is when you know each other through a social network, typically being friends of friends. You hang out in the same group from time to time, get on fine together and have plenty of fun, but wouldn't consider yourself close friends.
Given the influence socialising has on this type of FWB, it typically involves drinking alcohol on nights out or at parties. Think of it as a safety net or backup - you don't frequently hook-up and often tend to get together when there aren't other options available. You both know this and are completely fine with it!
You always hear that FWB relationships don't work because one person will always fall for the other. It is true in many instances, yet sometimes both people start to develop feelings for each other and progress into a serious relationship - this is known as an unintentional tranision in!
Neither person planned for the FWB relationship to progress into a serious romantic relationship but it happens and you've made it work!
A successful transition in FWB relationship is where both friends wanted to transition to something more serious from the get-go. The entire FWB relationship is simply a first step towards something serious, where you hope that relationship develops naturally from your casual encounters.
This is unlike an unintentional transition in FWB relationship that involves two people that had no intention of starting a serious relationship when they hooked up. With a successful transition in, both people have made a successful transition from FWB to a committed relationship.
One of the less successful FWB relationships and the type most people warn you off, a failed transition in is when each person wanted to progress from FWB into a serious relationship but couldn't make it work.
A surprisingly common FWB relationship, transition out is when both people had a serious relationship but broke up, yet continue to have casual sex for a while. It's not a long-term FWB and typically used to ease your way out of a long-term relationship.