Why We Should Not Be Sleeping with Our Friends

Love and Sex

Why We Should Not Be Sleeping with Our Friends

Illustration: Akshita Monga

I

was introduced to the concept of “friends with benefits” in 2011, when the movie with the same title starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis released. I was 15 at the time, and thanks to the two attractive leads, I sat with my hormonally imbalanced friends wondering what it would be like to ever have such a relationship.

In the movie, an emotionally unavailable guy meets an emotionally damaged girl and, a few outings later, they strike a deal to indulge in a purely physical relationship. The newly minted fuck-buddies also lay down a convenient condition: They stop having sex in case one develops feelings for the other.

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